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Kansas House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2014 session start:   January 14, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
Leadership
House Speaker:  Michael O'Neal, (R)
Majority Leader:   Arlen Siegfreid, (R)
Minority leader:   Paul Davis, (D)
Structure
Members:  125
   Democratic Party (

32)
Republican Party (

93)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art 2, Kansas Constitution
Salary:   $88.66/day + per diem
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (125 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (125 seats)
Redistricting:  Both House and Senate appoint members to a reapportionment commission.
The Kansas House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Kansas Legislature. It has a total of 125 members and meets in the state capitol in Topeka. Each member represents an average of 22,825 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 21,507 residents. [2]

Since 1966 the legislature has held annual general sessions. Previously, sessions in odd-numbered years were of unlimited duration while in even-numbered years the session was limited to 60 calendar days, unless two-thirds of the elected members of each house voted to extend it. A constitutional amendment adopted at the 1974 general election extended the duration of the session held in the even-numbered years to 90 calendar days, still subject to extension by a vote of two-thirds of the elected membership of each house.[3].

As of December 2012, Kansas is one of 24 Republican state government trifectas.

Sessions

Article 2 of the Kansas Constitution establishes when the Kansas State Legislature, of which the House of Representatives is a part, is to be in session. Section 8 of Article 2 states that the Legislature is to convene on the second Monday of January of each year. Section 8 also limits the length of regular sessions in even-numbered years to ninety calendar days, but it allows these sessions to be extended by a two-thirds affirmative vote of both houses. In 2010, this kind of extension occurred, moving the session's adjournment date from March 30th to May 28th.

2013

See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 14 through April 29 (estimated).

Major issues

Major issues to be addressed in 2013 include school funding, a settlement between tobacco companies and the state, mental health funding, KanCare, illegal immigration, pension system changes, shifting taxes to the local level, and liquor sales.[4]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was scheduled to be in session from January 9 through May 14. However, due to infighting among Republicans, the session had to be extended through the 20th. Major issues which remained unresolved included education funding, state employee pension reform, redistricting and the budget. Gov. Sam Brownback (R) stated, “I think it’s reasonable for people to say they should have gotten things done in 90 days. My hope is that they wrap it up here pretty soon.”[5]

Major issues

Alongside the budget, legislators considered reforming the school financing formula and expanding Medicaid's managed care system.[6]

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House was in session from January 10-June 1, 2011.

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House of Representatives' regular session was scheduled to last from January 11th to March 30th. However, the session was extended, and it did not adjourn until May 28th.

Elections

2012

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives were held in Kansas on November 6, 2012. All 125 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 10, 2012.

2010

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives were held in Kansas on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 10, 2010 for partisan candidates and is August 2 by noon for independent candidates. The primary election day was on August 3, 2010.

In 2010, candidates running for the state house raised a total of $5,474,989 in campaign contributions. The top donors were: [7]

Qualifications

Section 4 of Article 2 of the Kansas Constitution states, "During the time that any person is a candidate for nomination or election to the legislature and during the term of each legislator, such candidate or legislator shall be and remain a qualified elector who resides in his or her district."

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
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The Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the House of Representatives.

The political party committee that last held the vacant seat must call for a convention within 21 days of the vacancy. The convention is designed to select the Governor's appointee and involves all the committeemen and committeewomen that represent the vacant legislative district[8].

The committeemen and committeewomen present for voting must approve a replacement on a simple majority vote. Once the vote has been conducted, the party committee must send the paperwork certifying the selection to the Governor within 24 hours or the next business day. The Governor has seven days after receiving the paperwork to act on the appointment[9].

Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Kansas

The Kansas Legislature handles redistricting. Both chambers have a Reapportionment Committee that presenst plans to the chamber at large. Gubernatorial veto is not present, but all plans must be reviewed by the Kansas Supreme Court. Kansas uses adjusted census figures to account for non-residents in school or the military.

2010 census

Kansas received its local census data on March 3, 2012. The state grew by 6.1 percent to over 2.58 million, with growth concentrated in the northeast corner of the state and the remainder largely showing slight declines. (The adjusted total was about 14,000 less than the federal figure.) Wichita grew by 11.1 percent, Overland Park grew by 16.3 percent, Kansas City decreased by 0.7 percent, Topeka grew by 4.2 percent, and Olathe grew by 35.4 percent.[10]

The Legislature attempted redistricting in its 2012 session. Against custom, which had the chambers passing their own maps, the Senate passed revisions to a new House map, and the House passed a map for the Senate; neither chamber was amenable to the other's actions. On May 20, the Legislature adjourned amid deadlock, meaning the courts would have to decide the new boundaries.

Representatives

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 32
     Republican Party 93
Total 125

Leadership

The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. In the absence of the Speaker, the Speaker Pro Tempore takes on the duties of the office. The Speaker and Speaker Pro Tempore are both elected by the members of the House. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum, and deciding all questions of order.[11][12]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Kansas House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Michael O'Neal Ends.png Republican
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Jene Vickrey Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Majority Leader Peggy Mast Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Whip William Prescott Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Leader Paul Davis Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Minority Leader Tom Burroughs Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Whip Eber Phelps Electiondot.png Democratic

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2012, members of the Kansas legislature are paid $88.50/day. Additionally, legislators receive $118/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[13]

The $88.50/day that Kansas legislators are paid as of 2011 is an increase over the $88.40 they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. Per diem has increased from $99/day in 2007 to $118/day in 2011.[14]

Pension

As of 2011, when pensions are calculated for Kansas legislators, their normal annual salary is inflated by nearly $78,000. This is composed of $32,982, which comes from multiplying their daily salary by 372 (the number of days they would work if in session every day and if every month had 31 days), $45,756 from adding in their daily per diem (also based on 372 days), and $7,083 from expense payments. According to Sen. Steve Morris, this is intended as compensation because of low legislative salaries which are seen as difficult to raise.[15]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Kansas legislators assume office the second Monday of January after their election.

Current members

District Representative Party Residence
1 Michael Houser Ends.png Republican Columbus
2 Robert Grant Electiondot.png Democratic Cherokee
3 Julie Menghini Electiondot.png Democratic Pittsburg
4 Marty Read Ends.png Republican Fort Scott
5 Kevin Jones Ends.png Republican Garnett
6 Jene Vickrey Ends.png Republican Louisburg
7 Richard Proehl Ends.png Republican Parsons
8 Craig McPherson Ends.png Republican Chanute
9 Edwin H. Bideau III Ends.png Republican Le Roy
10 John Wilson Electiondot.png Democratic Baldwin City
11 Jim Kelly Ends.png Republican Tyro
12 Virgil Peck, Jr. Ends.png Republican Independence
13 Larry Paul Hibbard Ends.png Republican Altoona
14 Keith Esau Ends.png Republican Olathe
15 Bob Montgomery Ends.png Republican Olathe
16 Amanda Grosserode Ends.png Republican Overland Park
17 Brett Hildabrand Ends.png Republican Lenexa
18 John Rubin Ends.png Republican Shawnee
19 Stephanie Clayton Ends.png Republican Overland Park
20 Rob Bruchman Ends.png Republican Overland Park
21 Barbara Bollier Ends.png Republican Prairie Village
22 Nancy Lusk Electiondot.png Democratic Overland Park
23 Kelly Meigs Ends.png Republican
24 Emily Perry Electiondot.png Democratic Overland Park
25 Melissa Rooker Ends.png Republican Mission Hills
26 Larry Campbell Ends.png Republican
27 Ray Merrick Ends.png Republican Stilwell
28 Jerry Lunn Ends.png Republican Leawood
29 James Todd Ends.png Republican Overland Park
30 Lance Kinzer Ends.png Republican Lenexa
31 Louis Ruiz Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
32 Michael Peterson Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
33 Tom Burroughs Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
34 Valdenia Winn Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
35 Broderick Henderson Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
36 Kathy Wolfe Moore Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
37 Stan Frownfelter Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
38 Willie Dove Ends.png Republican Eudora
39 Charles Macheers Ends.png Republican Shawnee
40 John Bradford Ends.png Republican Leavenworth
41 Melanie Meier Electiondot.png Democratic Leavenworth
42 Connie O'Brien Ends.png Republican Lansing
43 Bill Sutton Ends.png Republican Olathe
44 Barbara Ballard Electiondot.png Democratic Lawrence
45 Thomas Sloan Ends.png Republican Lawrence
46 Paul Davis Electiondot.png Democratic Lawrence
47 Ramon Gonzalez Ends.png Republican Ozawkie
48 Marvin Kleeb Ends.png Republican Overland Park
49 Scott Schwab Ends.png Republican Olathe
50 Joshua Powell Ends.png Republican Hoyt
51 Ron Highland Ends.png Republican Topeka
52 Shanti Gandhi Ends.png Republican Topeka
53 Annie Tietze Electiondot.png Democratic Topeka
54 Ken Corbet Ends.png Republican Topeka
55 Annie Kuether Electiondot.png Democratic Topeka
56 Virgil Weigel Electiondot.png Democratic Topeka
57 John Alcala Electiondot.png Democratic Topeka
58 Harold Lane Electiondot.png Democratic Topeka
59 Blaine Finch Ends.png Republican Osage City
60 Don Hill Ends.png Republican Emporia
61 Richard Carlson Ends.png Republican St. Marys
62 Randy Garber Ends.png Republican Sabetha
63 Jerry Henry Electiondot.png Democratic Cummings
64 Vern Swanson Ends.png Republican Clay Center
65 Allan Rothlisberg Ends.png Republican Junction City
66 Sydney Carlin Electiondot.png Democratic Manhattan
67 Tom Phillips Ends.png Republican Manhattan
68 Tom Moxley Ends.png Republican Council Grove
69 J.R. Claeys Ends.png Republican Salina
70 John E. Barker Ends.png Republican Hillsboro
71 Diana Dierks Ends.png Republican Salina
72 Marc Rhoades Ends.png Republican Newton
73 Clark Shultz Ends.png Republican Lindsborg
74 Don Schroeder Ends.png Republican Inman
75 Will Carpenter Ends.png Republican El Dorado
76 Peggy Mast Ends.png Republican Emporia
77 J. David Crum Ends.png Republican Augusta
78 Ron Ryckman Ends.png Republican Winfield
79 Ed Trimmer Electiondot.png Democratic Arkansas City
80 Kasha Kelley Ends.png Republican Wellington
81 Jim Howell Ends.png Republican Mulvane
82 Peter DeGraaf Ends.png Republican Derby
83 Carolyn Bridges Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
84 Gail Finney Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
85 Steven Brunk Ends.png Republican Bel Aire
86 Jim Ward Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
87 Mark Kahrs Ends.png Republican Wichita
88 Patricia M. Sloop Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
89 Roderick A. Houston Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
90 Steve Huebert Ends.png Republican Valley Center
91 Gene Suellentrop Ends.png Republican Wichita
92 Nile Dillmore Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
93 Joe Edwards Ends.png Republican Goddard
94 Mario Goico Ends.png Republican Wichita
95 Tom Sawyer Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
96 Brandon Whipple Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
97 Leslie Osterman Ends.png Republican Wichita
98 Phil Hermanson Ends.png Republican Wichita
99 Dennis Hedke Ends.png Republican Andover
100 Daniel Hawkins Ends.png Republican Wichita
101 Joe Seiwert Ends.png Republican Pretty Prairie
102 Janice Pauls Electiondot.png Democratic Hutchinson
103 Ponka-We Victors Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
104 Steven R. Becker Ends.png Republican Hutchinson
105 Mark E. Hutton Ends.png Republican Wichita
106 Sharon Schwartz Ends.png Republican Washington
107 Susan L. Concannon Ends.png Republican Concordia
108 Steven C. Johnson Ends.png Republican Ellsworth
109 Troy L. Waymaster Ends.png Republican Courtland
110 Travis Couture-Lovelady Ends.png Republican Hays
111 Sue E. Boldra Ends.png Republican Hays
112 John Edmonds Ends.png Republican Great Bend
113 Marshall Christmann Ends.png Republican Alden
114 Jack Thimesch Ends.png Republican St. John
115 Ronald Ryckman Ends.png Republican Ingalls
116 Kyle Hoffman Ends.png Republican Greensburg
117 John L. Ewy Ends.png Republican Garden City
118 Don Hineman Ends.png Republican Oakley
119 Brian Weber Ends.png Republican Dodge City
120 Ward Cassidy Ends.png Republican Brewster
121 Arlen Siegfreid Ends.png Republican Colby
122 Russ Jennings Ends.png Republican Lakin
123 John Doll Ends.png Republican Garden City
124 J. Stephen Alford Ends.png Republican Rolla
125 Reid Petty Ends.png Republican Liberal

2009-2010 members

District Representative Party Residence
1 Doug Gatewood Electiondot.png Democratic Columbus
2 Robert Grant Electiondot.png Democratic Cherokee
3 Julie Menghini Electiondot.png Democratic Pittsburg
4 Shirley Palmer Electiondot.png Democratic Fort Scott
5 Bill Feuerborn Electiondot.png Democratic Garnett
6 Jene Vickrey Ends.png Republican Louisburg
7 Richard Proehl Ends.png Republican Parsons
8 Jerry Williams Electiondot.png Democratic Chanute
9 Bill Otto Ends.png Republican Le Roy
10 Tony Brown Electiondot.png Democratic Baldwin City
11 Virgil Peck, Jr. Ends.png Republican Tyro
12 Jeff King Ends.png Republican Independence
13 Forrest Knox Ends.png Republican Altoona
14 Lance Kinzer Ends.png Republican Olathe
15 Arlen Siegfreid Ends.png Republican Olathe
16 Gene Rardin Electiondot.png Democratic Overland Park
17 Jill Quigley Ends.png Republican Lenexa
18 Cindy Neighbor Electiondot.png Democratic Shawnee
19 Dolores Furtado Electiondot.png Democratic Overland Park
20 Kevin Yoder Ends.png Republican Overland Park
21 Kay Wolf Ends.png Republican Prairie Village
22 Lisa Benlon Electiondot.png Democratic Overland Park
23 Milack Talia Electiondot.png Democratic Shawnee
24 Mike Slattery Electiondot.png Democratic Overland Park
25 Barbara Bollier Ends.png Republican Mission Hills
26 Robert Olson Ends.png Republican Olathe
27 Raymond Merrick Ends.png Republican Stilwell
28 Pat Colloton Ends.png Republican Leawood
29 Sheryl Spalding Ends.png Republican Overland Park
30 Ron Worley Ends.png Republican Lenexa
31 Stan Frownfelter Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
32 Louis Ruiz Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
33 Tom Burroughs Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
34 Valdenia Winn Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
35 Broderick Henderson Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
36 Margaret Long Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
37 Michael Peterson Electiondot.png Democratic Kansas City
38 Anthony Brown Ends.png Republican Eudora
39 Owen Donohoe Ends.png Republican Shawnee
40 Don Navinsky Electiondot.png Democratic Leavenworth
41 Marti Crow Electiondot.png Democratic Leavenworth
42 Connie O'Brien Ends.png Republican Lansing
43 S. Mike Kiegerl Ends.png Republican Olathe
44 Barbara Ballard Electiondot.png Democratic Lawrence
45 Thomas Sloan Ends.png Republican Lawrence
46 Paul Davis Electiondot.png Democratic Lawrence
47 Lee Tafanelli Ends.png Republican Ozawkie
48 Marvin Kleeb Ends.png Republican Overland Park
49 Scott Schwab Ends.png Republican Olathe
50 Rocky Fund Ends.png Republican Hoyt
51 Mike Burgess Ends.png Republican Topeka
52 Lana Gordon Ends.png Republican Topeka
53 Ann Mah Electiondot.png Democratic Topeka
54 Joe Patton Ends.png Republican Topeka
55 Annie Kuether Electiondot.png Democratic Topeka
56 Annie Tietze Electiondot.png Democratic Topeka
57 Sean Gatewood Electiondot.png Democratic Topeka
58 Harold Lane Electiondot.png Democratic Topeka
59 William Prescott Ends.png Republican Osage City
60 Don Hill Ends.png Republican Emporia
61 Richard Carlson Ends.png Republican St. Marys
62 Steve Lukert Electiondot.png Democratic Sabetha
63 Jerry Henry Electiondot.png Democratic Cummings
64 Vern Swanson Ends.png Republican Clay Center
65 Barbara Craft Ends.png Republican Junction City
66 Sydney Carlin Electiondot.png Democratic Manhattan
67 Tom Hawk Electiondot.png Democratic Manhattan
68 Tom Moxley Ends.png Republican Council Grove
69 Deena Horst Ends.png Republican Salina
70 J. Robert Brookens Ends.png Republican Hillsboro
71 Charles Roth Ends.png Republican Salina
72 Marc Rhoades Ends.png Republican Newton
73 Clark Shultz Ends.png Republican Lindsborg
74 Don Schroeder Ends.png Republican Inman
75 John Grange Ends.png Republican El Dorado
76 Peggy Mast Ends.png Republican Emporia
77 J. David Crum Ends.png Republican Augusta
78 Ed Trimmer Electiondot.png Democratic Winfield
79 Kasha Kelley Ends.png Republican Arkansas City
80 Vincent Wetta Electiondot.png Democratic Wellington
81 Peter DeGraaf Ends.png Republican Mulvane
82 Don Myers Ends.png Republican Derby
83 Jo Ann Pottorff Ends.png Republican Wichita
84 Gail Finney Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
85 Steven Brunk Ends.png Republican Bel Aire
86 Judith Loganbill Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
87 Raj Goyle Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
88 Jim Ward Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
89 Melody McCray-Miller Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
90 Steve Huebert Ends.png Republican Valley Center
91 Brenda Landwehr Ends.png Republican Wichita
92 Nile Dillmore Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
93 Dan Kerschen Ends.png Republican Goddard
94 Joe McLeland Ends.png Republican Wichita
95 Melany Barnes Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
96 Phil Hermanson Ends.png Republican Wichita
97 Dale Swenson Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
98 Geraldine Flaharty Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
99 Aaron Jack Ends.png Republican Andover
100 Mario Goico Ends.png Republican Wichita
101 Joe Seiwert Ends.png Republican Pretty Prairie
102 Janice Pauls Electiondot.png Democratic Hutchinson
103 Delia Garcia Electiondot.png Democratic Wichita
104 Michael O'Neal Ends.png Republican Hutchinson
105 Gene Suellentrop Ends.png Republican Wichita
106 Sharon Schwartz Ends.png Republican Washington
107 Elaine Bowers Ends.png Republican Concordia
108 Joshua Svaty Electiondot.png Democratic Ellsworth
109 Clay Aurand Ends.png Republican Courtland
110 Dan Johnson Ends.png Republican Hays
111 Eber Phelps Electiondot.png Democratic Hays
112 William Wolf Ends.png Republican Great Bend
113 Bob Bethell Ends.png Republican Alden
114 Mitch Holmes Ends.png Republican St. John
115 Melvin Neufeld Ends.png Republican Ingalls
116 Patrick Maloney Electiondot.png Democratic Greensburg
117 Larry Powell Ends.png Republican Garden City
118 Don Hineman Ends.png Republican Oakley
119 Pat George Ends.png Republican Dodge City
120 John Faber Ends.png Republican Brewster
121 James Morrison Ends.png Republican Colby
122 Gary Hayzlett Ends.png Republican Lakin
123 Jeff Whitham Ends.png Republican Garden City
124 William Light Ends.png Republican Rolla
125 Carl Holmes Ends.png Republican Liberal

Standing committees

Legislation that comes before Kansas state representatives is first considered in one of the 30 standing committees of the Kansas House.

External links

References