Jim Howell (Kansas)

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Jim Howell
Jim Howell.jpg
Kansas House of Representatives District 81
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$88.66/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchAir Force
Years of service5 years
Office website
Campaign website
Jim Howell is a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 81 since 2013. He previously represented District 82 from 2011 to 2013.

Howell currently works at Boeing on the 767 International Tanker Program, where he helps design and support temporary instrumentation systems to gather data during aircraft testing. Prior to his time at Boeing, he also performed in similar roles at Cessna and Bombardier. He served 5 years in the USAF where he worked avionics and flight controls on F111 Bombers. He also served in Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield. He is also the director in AWANA, a children’s outreach program, and has taught sunday school for 22 years.

Howell earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University and a second Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Friends University.[1]


Campaign themes

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

Economy and State Spending

  • Excerpt:"Number one fiscal priority is to create non-government jobs and promote job creation. Grow the economy, not the Government."


  • Excerpt:"It is irresponsible for our state to raise taxes in the worst recession of our lifetime."

Ethical Issues

  • Excerpt:"Pro Life — Jim supports the constitutional rights of all US citizens, whether born or unborn."


  • Excerpt:"Jim believes that furthering parental rights to choose the best school options for their children will continue to improve quality education. It should be our goal as Kansans to have the highest graduation rate in the nation."


  • Excerpt:"Jim fully supports legal immigration. The process to become a citizen should be streamlined."

Committee assignments


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

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
General Government Budget, Vice-chair
Pensions and Benefits, Vice-chair


Howell served on the following committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jim Howell (Kansas) endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Howell won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 81. He was unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Barbara Lynn Wells (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 81, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Howell Incumbent 64.7% 4,106
     Democratic Barbara Wells 35.3% 2,242
Total Votes 6,348


Howell defeated E.L. Lee Kinch (D) in the November 2 general election.[6]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 82 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Howell (R) 5,877
E.L. Lee Kinch (D) 2,219
State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations


Howell was endorsed by:

  • Kansans for Liberty [7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Howell is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Howell raised a total of $51,220 during that time period. This information was last updated on 6/20/2013.[8]

Jim Howell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State House, District 81 Won $21,862
2010 Kansas State House, District 82 Won $29,358
Grand Total Raised $51,220


Howell won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Howell raised a total of $21,862.


Howell won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Howell raised a total of $29,358.


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.[9]


Jim Howell received a score of 82.0% in the 2013 index.[10]


Howell and his wife Leah have five children.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peter DeGraaf (R)
Kansas House of Representatives District 81
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Don Myers (R)
Kansas House of Representatives District 82
Succeeded by
Peter DeGraaf (R)