Jim Denning

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Jim Denning
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Kansas State Senate District 8
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 1
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives District 19
Office website
Campaign website
Jim Denning (b. 1956) is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 8 since 2013. He previously served in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 19 from 2011 to 2013.

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.[1]


Campaign themes

Denning's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

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."

Committee assignments


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:



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.[2][3][4]

Kansas State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Denning 54.3% 19,484
     Democratic Lisa Johnston 45.7% 16,398
Total Votes 35,882

Kansas State Senate, District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Denning 60.3% 4,796
Tim Owens Incumbent 39.7% 3,161
Total Votes 7,957


Gov. Sam Brownback (R) endorsed Denning over incumbent Owens. The governor and his allies are targeting moderate Republican incumbents for defeat.[5]


Denning defeated incumbent Dolores Furtado (D) and Jeffrey S. Caldwell (L) in the November 2 general election.[6]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 19 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Denning (R) 4,037
Dolores Furtado (D) 3,063
Jeffrey S. Caldwell (L) 192

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Denning raised $79,492 in contributions. [7]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
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.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Owens (R)
Kansas State Senate District 8
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dolores Furtado (D)
Kansas House of Representatives District 19
Succeeded by
Stephanie Clayton (R)