Kansas State Senate

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Kansas State Senate

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General Information
Type:   Upper house
Term limits:   None
2014 session start:   January 9, 2012
Website:   Official Senate Page
Leadership
Senate President:   Stephen Morris, (R)
Majority Leader:   Jay Emler, (R)
Minority leader:   Anthony Hensley, (D)
Structure
Members:  40
   Democratic Party (

8)
Republican Party (

32)
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:   Art 2, Kansas Constitution
Salary:   $88.66/day + $6,775/year expenses
Elections
Last Election:  November 4, 2008 (40 seats)
Next election:  November 6, 2012 (40 seats)
Redistricting:  Kansas Legislature has control
Meeting place:
Kansas State Capitol.jpg
The Kansas State Senate is the upper house of the Kansas Legislature. It includes 40 state senators each representing one of 40 districts. Each member represents an average of 71,328 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 67,210 residents.[2] Kansas state senators serve four-year terms and have no term limits.

Kansas state senators earn $84.80 for service and $99 for expenses each day that they work. They receive an additional $6,775 to cover expenses incurred between sessions, and they receive reimbursement for mileage. Senators that attend legislative business authorized by the Legislative Coordinating Council between sessions receive compensation, subsistence and mileage (assuming 12 days of meetings). Certain members of the Senate receive additional compensation. The President of the Senate receives an additional $13,428 each year. The Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate each receive an additional $12,114. The Vice President of the Senate and the Assistant Majority and Minority Leaders each receive an additional $6,854. The chairpersons of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means each receive an additional $10,799. [3]

Sessions

Article 2 of the Kansas Constitution establishes when the Kansas State Legislature, of which the Senate 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.

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the Senate will be in session from January 9 through March 31.

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

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

Session highlights

In the 2011 session, the legislature allowed "expensing," a way for businesses to receive larger tax deductions for start-up costs such as new equipment and software. [4]

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the Senate's 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 State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Kansas State Senate will be held in Kansas on November 6, 2012. A total of 40 seats will be up for election. State senators serve four-year terms and all senate seats are up for reelection every four years. The signature filing deadline is June 1, 2012.

2010

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

There were no elections held for the offices of Kansas State Senate in 2010.

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 Senate.

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 Senate district[5].

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[6].

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 8
     Republican Party 32
Total 40


Leadership

The President of the Senate is chosen from among its membership. In the absence of the President, the Vice President assumes the duties of presiding officer.[7][8]

Current leadership

Office Representative Party
President of the Senate Stephen Morris Ends.png Republican
Vice President of the Senate John Vratil Ends.png Republican
Republican Leaders
State Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler Ends.png Republican
State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Vicki Schmidt Ends.png Republican
State Senate Assistant Majority Whip Jean Schodorf Ends.png Republican
Democratic Leaders
State Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Minority Leader Laura Kelly Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Whip Tom Holland Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Caucus Leader Marci Francisco Electiondot.png Democratic

2010 Leadership

Office Representative Party
President of the Senate Stephen Morris Ends.png Republican
Vice President of the Senate John Vratil Ends.png Republican
Republican Leaders
State Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt Ends.png Republican
State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Vicki Schmidt Ends.png Republican
State Senate Assistant Majority Whip Jean Schodorf Ends.png Republican
Democratic Leaders
State Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Minority Leader Janis Lee Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Whip Laura Kelly Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Caucus Leader Tom Holland Electiondot.png Democratic

Senators

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2011, members of the Kansas legislature are paid $88.50/day. Additionally, legislators receive $118/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[9]

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.[10]

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.

List of current members

District Representative Party Residence
1 Dennis Pyle Reddot.png Republican Hiawatha
2 Marci Francisco Bluedot.png Democrat Lawrence
3 Tom Holland Bluedot.png Democrat Lawrence
4 David Haley Bluedot.png Democrat Kansas City
5 Kelly Kultala Bluedot.png Democrat Kansas City
6 Chris Steineger Reddot.png Republican Kansas City
7 Terrie Huntington Reddot.png Republican
8 Tim Owens Reddot.png Republican Overland Park
9 Julia Lynn Reddot.png Republican Olathe
10 Mary Pilcher-Cook Reddot.png Republican Shawnee
11 John Vratil Reddot.png Republican Leawood
12 Pat Apple Reddot.png Republican Louisburg
13 Bob Marshall Reddot.png Republican Frontenac
14 Dwayne Umbarger Reddot.png Republican Thayer
15 Jeff King Reddot.png Republican Independence
16 Ty Masterson Reddot.png Republican Augusta
17 Jeff Longbine Reddot.png Republican Emporia
18 Laura Kelly Bluedot.png Democrat Topeka
19 Anthony Hensley Bluedot.png Democrat Topeka
20 Vicki Schmidt Reddot.png Republican Topeka
21 Mark Taddiken Reddot.png Republican Clifton
22 Roger Reitz Reddot.png Republican Manhattan
23 Robert Olson Reddot.png Republican Olathe
24 Pete Brungardt Reddot.png Republican Salina
25 Jean Schodorf Reddot.png Republican Wichita
26 Dick Kelsey Reddot.png Republican Haysville
27 Leslie "Les" Donovan Reddot.png Republican Wichita
28 Mike Petersen Reddot.png Republican Wichita
29 Oletha Faust-Goudeau Bluedot.png Democrat Wichita
30 Susan Wagle Reddot.png Republican Wichita
31 Carolyn McGinn Reddot.png Republican Sedgwick
32 Steve Abrams Reddot.png Republican Winfield
33 Ruth Teichman Reddot.png Republican Stafford
34 Terry Bruce Reddot.png Republican Hutchinson
35 Jay Emler Reddot.png Republican Lindsborg
36 Allen Schmidt Bluedot.png Democrat Kensington
37 Ray Merrick Ends.png Republican
38 Garrett Love Reddot.png Republican Fowler
39 Stephen Morris Reddot.png Republican Hugoton
40 Ralph Ostmeyer Reddot.png Republican Grinnell

Standing Senate Committees

The Kansas Senate has eighteen (18) standing committees:

External links

References