|Kansas State Senate District 8|
|January 14, 2013 - Present|
|January 9, 2017|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Kansas House of Representatives District 19|
After graduating from college, Jim moved to Dallas, Texas where he worked as a financial analyst for First International Bankshares and the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. He then became CFO/CEO of Dallas Eye Institute for several years, then moved back to Kansas in 1993 to join Discover Vision Centers as the CEO.
Denning graduated from Fort Hays State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance with emphasis in accounting and economics.
Denning's website highlights the following campaign themes:
Economy and Jobs
- Excerpt:"I remain firm on the belief that government should create the legal framework, and regulate for fraud, checks and balances, but not directly participate in the marketplace."
- Excerpt:"I support strengthening the existing private market system with policies that will drive down costs and make it easier for people to purchase patient centered insurance."
- Excerpt:"Revamp the K-12 funding formula to keep Johnson County education dollars in our Johnson County Schools to benefit our kids."
Energy and Environment
- Excerpt:"I support development of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, nuclear, and natural gas. Reducing our dependence of foreign oil will make us safer as well as insulate our economy from external damage caused by oil price spikes."
- Excerpt:"I support the Second Amendment and believe that citizens have the right to keep and bear arms as a basic constitutional liberty."
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Denning served on the following committees:
|Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Ways and Means, Vice-chair|
|• Public Health and Welfare|
|• Financial Institutions and Insurance|
Denning served on the following committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:
|Kansas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight|
|• Health and Human Services|
- See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012
Denning won re-election in 2012. He defeated incumbent Thomas (Tim) C. Owens in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Lisa Johnston in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Kansas State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012|
|Kansas State Senate, District 8 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Tim Owens Incumbent||39.7%||3,161|
|Kansas House of Representatives, District 19 General Election (2010)|
|Jim Denning (R)||4,037|
|Dolores Furtado (D)||3,063|
|Jeffrey S. Caldwell (L)||192|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Denning raised $79,492 in contributions. 
His four largest contributors were:
|Eye Surgery Center-The Cliffs||$1,000|
|Kansas Chamber Of Commerce & Industry||$1,000|
|Dvc Building Four Llc||$1,000|
|Discover Vision Centers||$1,000|
Denning and wife Marearl have two children.
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- Official campaign website
- House site
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Jim Denning on Facebook
- Jim Denning on Twitter
- Jim Denning on LinkedIn
- Jim Denning on YouTube
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- "jimdenning4kansas," Official Campaign Website
- Kansas Secretary of State, "Candidates for the 2012 Primary (official)," retrieved July 4, 2012.
- Kansas Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- Kansas Secretary of State, "2012 Kansas General Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
- LJ World, "End may be coming for GOP moderates," July 22, 2012
- Official Kansas House of Representatives General Election Results, 2010
- 2010 contributions
Tim Owens (R)
|Kansas State Senate District 8
| Succeeded by|
Dolores Furtado (D)
|Kansas House of Representatives District 19
| Succeeded by|
Stephanie Clayton (R)