Mary Pilcher-Cook

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Mary Pilcher-Cook
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Kansas State Senate District 10
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 6
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives
2000 – 2002, 2004 - 2008
Associate'sJohnson County Community College
Bachelor'sAvila College (1993)
Master'sAvila College (1997)
ProfessionSoftware Engineers/Business Owner
Office website
Campaign website

Mary Pilcher-Cook is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 10 since 2009. She was a Representative on the Kansas House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002 and from 2004 to 2008

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pilcher-Cook served on the following committees:

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Public Health and Welfare, Chair
Assessment and Taxation
Organization, Calendar and Rules


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pilcher-Cook served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pilcher-Cook served on these committees:


What Sen. Pilcher-Cook supports according to her website[1]

  • Increased visibility and reporting of education funding. Use more local options for education funding.
  • Limited government
  • Fiscal discipline
  • Lower taxes
  • Encouraging immigration, but penalties for illegal immigration
  • Pro-life

Some legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Pilcher-Cook:

  • A resolution to protect the right of workers to hold private ballot union elections.[2]
  • A resolution declaring states' rights[3]
  • A bill regarding property taxes[4]

Presidential preference


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

Mary Pilcher-Cook endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [5]



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Pilcher-Cook won re-election in 2012. She defeated Tom Wertz in the Republican primary on August 7 and defeated Mark J. Greene in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Kansas State Senate, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMary Pilcher-Cook 58.2% 19,392
     Democratic Mark J. Greene Incumbent 41.8% 13,900
Total Votes 33,292

Kansas State Senate, District 10 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Pilcher-Cook Incumbent 64.3% 4,514
Tom Wertz 35.7% 2,509
Total Votes 7,023


On November 4, 2008, Pilcher-Cook was elected to the 10th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Pete Roman (D).[9] Pilcher-Cook raised $98,984 for her campaign, while Roman raised $94,778.[10]

Kansas State Senate, District 10 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Pilcher (R) 21,637 54.9%
Pete Roman (D) 17,713 45.1%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008 Pilcher-Cook collected $98,984 in donations.[11]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Republican Party $3,000
Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee $2,800
Crabtree, Richard and Randi $2,000
Clark, Steve and Becky $2,000


Kansas Economic Freedom Index

The Kansas Economic Freedom Index is a project of Bob Weeks, creator of the blog Voice For Liberty in Wichita. The purpose of the Index "is to identify Kansas legislators who vote in favor of economic freedom — and those who don’t."[12] Legislators receive a rating from 0-100 percent based on their votes on bills promoting economic freedom.


Mary Pilcher-Cook received a rating of 93% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index. Pilcher Cook's score of 93% was the highest of any senator.[13]


Pilcher-Cook and her husband Donald have five children.[14]

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Preceded by
Nick Jordan
Kansas State Senate District 10
Succeeded by