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Jay Emler
Jay Emler.jpg
Kansas Corporation Commission (Appointed)
Incumbent
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Kansas State Senate Majority Leader
2010 – January 2014
Compensation
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas State Senate
District 35
2001 - January 2014
Education
Bachelor'sBethany College (1971)
J.D.University of Denver (1976)
Personal
BirthdayMay 25, 1949
Place of birthDenver, Colorado
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification

Jay Scott Emler is a former Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 35 from 2001 to January 2014. He served as Majority Leader from 2010 to January 2014. Emler was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Corporation Commission by Governor Sam Brownback in January 2014. Emler's appointment is subject to confirmation by the Senate, and he resigned his seat in the legislature to assume the new role.[1][2]

Biography

Emler's professional experience includes working as a Municipal Judge in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Emler served on the following committees:

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Federal and State Affairs, Vice-chair
Commerce
Utilities

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Emler served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Emler served on these committees:

Issues

Recent legislation sponsored by Sen. Emler includes:[3]

  • An amendment to require the Senate's consent of Supreme Court justice appointments[4]
  • An amendment to create a budget stabilization fund[5]

See also: Jay Emler, legislative actions on State Surge

Debt negotiations

Emler was one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,[6] the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.

TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner had proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.[7]

Elections & Appointments

2014

Emler was appointed to the Kansas Corporation Commission by Gov. Sam Brownback in January 2014 to complete the term of resigned commissioner chair Mark Sievers, which ends March 16, 2015.[1][2] Sievers' resigned on the heels of a challenging year in the leadership post. Despite the well-publicized issues at the agency, Sievers cited the desire to spend more time with his wife and family as his reason for stepping down.[8][9]

2012

See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Emler won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas State Senate District 35. Emler defeated Jesse Bryant in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Jesse Bryant (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[10][11][12]

Kansas State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJay Emler Incumbent 76.7% 21,063
     Libertarian Jesse Bryant 23.3% 6,381
Total Votes 27,444


Kansas State Senate, District 35 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJay Scott Emler Incumbent 73.3% 6,435
Jesse Bryant 26.7% 2,346
Total Votes 8,781

2008

On November 4, 2008, Emler was re-elected to the 35th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Cynthia K. Nelson (D). [13] Emler raised $89,376 for his campaign, while Nelson raised $3,685. [14]

Kansas State Senate, District 35 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngJay Emler (R) 20,997 75.1%
Cynthia K. Nelson (D) 6,935 24.8%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Emler is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Emler raised a total of $368,521 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 6, 2013.[15]

Jay Emler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State Senate, District 35 Won $102,964
2010 Kansas State Senate, District 35 Not up for election $13,050
2008 Kansas State Senate, District 35 Won $89,376
2006 Kansas State Senate, District 35 Not up for election $28,764
2004 Kansas State Senate, District 35 Won $58,160
2002 Kansas State Senate, District 35 Not up for election $5,674
2000 Kansas State Senate, District 35 Won $70,533
Grand Total Raised $368,521

2012

Emler won re-election to the Kansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Emler raised a total of $102,964.
Kansas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jay Emler's campaign in 2012
Kansas Republican Senatorial Cmte$6,450
Astrazeneca$2,000
Wilson Telephone Co$2,000
Kansas Association of Realtors$2,000
Kansas Association of Insurance Agents$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$102,964
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Emler Kansas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Emler raised a total of $13,050.

2008

Emler won re-election to the Kansas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Emler raised a total of $89,376.

2006

Emler Kansas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Emler raised a total of $28,764.

2004

Emler won re-election to the Kansas State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Emler raised a total of $58,160.

2002

Emler Kansas State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Emler raised a total of $5,674.

2000

Emler won election to the Kansas State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Emler raised a total of $70,533.

Scorecards

Kansas Economic Freedom Index

The Kansas Economic Freedom Index is a project of Bob Weeks, creator of the blog Voice For Liberty in Wichita. The purpose of the Index "is to identify Kansas legislators who vote in favor of economic freedom — and those who don’t."[16] Legislators receive a rating from 0-100 percent based on their votes on bills promoting economic freedom.

2010

Jay Emler received a rating of 13% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index.[17]

Kansas Freedom Index

The Kansas Policy Institute, Kansas’s "first free market think tank," releases its legislator scorecard as a part of its Kansas Freedom Index for Kansas state representatives and senators once a year. The Score Card gives each legislator a score from 1%-100% based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on specific issues which the Kansas Policy Institute thought were pro-limited government policies.[18]

2013

Jay Emler received a score of 47.4% in the 2013 index.[19]

Personal

Emler and his wife, Lorraine, have two children.[20]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Don Steffes
Kansas State Senate District 35
2001–January 2014
Succeeded by
Clark Shultz (R)