Jo Ann Pottorff

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Jo Ann Pottorff
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Kansas House of Representatives District 83
Former Member
In office
1985 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sKansas State University
Master'sSt. Louis University
Place of birthWichita, Kansas
Office website
Jo Ann Pottorff is a former Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 83 from 1985 to 2013. Prior to her election she served as President of the Kansas Association of School Boards, as well as the Wichita School Board.

Pottorff is a member of the Business Education Success Team, East Wichita Rotary, Forum for Executive Women, Wichita Chamber of Commerce, and National Assessment Governing Board.

She has a BA in Elementary Education from Kansas State University and an MA in Urban Education from St. Louis University.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pottorff served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pottorff served on the following committees:


Pottorff refused to take Project Vote Smart's 2008 Political Courage Test. The test, which is administered to all candidates for presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and state legislative offices, asks one central question - "Are you willing to tell citizens your positions on the issues you will most likely face on their behalf?"[2]

  • H 2245 Fair credit reporting act, credit freeze. 02/05/2009[3]



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pottorff won re-election to the 83rd District seat against Sean Amore (D) and Gordon Bakken (L). In the August 3rd primary election, Pottorff defeated Republican primary opponent Kyle Amos by a margin of 2,251 to 2,004. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[4]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 83 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJo Ann Pottorff (R) 6,242
Sean Amore (D) 1,801
Gordon Bakken (L) 507


On November 4, 2008, Pottorff was re-elected to the 83rd District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating David Cook (D) and Shawn Smith (L). [5] Pottorff raised $22,057 for her campaign, while Cook and Smith each raised $0. [6]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 83
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngJo Ann Pottorff (R) 7,215 67.8%
David Cook (D) 2,945 27.6%
Shawn Smith (L) 472 4.4%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Pottorff received $38,478 in campaign donations. The largest contributors to the campaign are listed below.[7]


In 2008 Pottorff collected $22,057 in donations.[8]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansans for Lifesaving Cures $1,000
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce $1,000
Kansas National Education Association $1,000
Kansas Association of Realtors $1,000
Kansas Contractors Association $1,000

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Preceded by
Kansas House of Representatives District 83
Succeeded by
Carolyn Bridges (D)