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Melanie Meier
Melanie Meier.jpg
Kansas House of Representatives District 41
In office
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 elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kansas (1989)
Master'sTroy State University (1998)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1989 – present
Date of birthAugust 25, 1967
Place of birthWurzburg, Germany
ProfessionInspector General, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Reserve
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Melanie Meier (b. August 25, 1967) is a Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 41 since 2013. She previously represented District 40 from 2011 to 2013.

Meier served as an Army Air Defense Artillery Officer in 1990 and transferred in 1994 to Military Intelligence, serving in both Fort Hood, Texas and Seoul, South Korea. She is also a member of the Reserves.

Meier graduated from the University of Kansas in 1989 with a degree in Economics. She then went on to earn her Masters in Management from Troy State University 1998.


Campaign themes

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

Public Education

  • Excerpt:"I believe public education is the foundation of our democracy, and the opportunity for all children to receive an education is among America's proudest achievements."

Economic Prosperity

  • Excerpt:"The economic health of Kansas depends on a balance of business growth, infrastructure support, and available energy."

The Second Amendment

  • Excerpt:"Our Founding Fathers believed that the individual's right to own a firearm was so important that they included it as the Second Amendment."

Emergency Management

  • Excerpt:"As your Representative, I bring my experience in emergency management and inter-agency coordination to Topeka. We must be vigilant in homeland security and be prepared for the unthinkable."

Veteran Benefits

  • Excerpt:"As your State Representative I fight to ensure your State government does everything it can to re-integrate these Heroes back into Kansas, into their family life, and into the Kansas economy."

Committee assignments


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

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Veterans, Military and Homeland Security
Transportation and Public Safety Budget
Corrections and Juvenile Justice


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



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Meier won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 41. She ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated incumbent Jana Goodman (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 41, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Meier Incumbent 55.2% 3,427
     Republican Jana Goodman Incumbent 44.8% 2,778
Total Votes 6,205


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Meier defeated Sandra Bohne (R) in the November 2 general election.[4]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 40 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Meier (D) 1,945
Sandra Bohne (R) 1,900

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Meier is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Meier raised a total of $90,137 during that time period. This information was last updated on 6/14/2013.[5]

Melanie Meier's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State House, District 41 Won $25,943
2010 Kansas State House, District 40 Won $32,444
2008 Kansas State House, District 40 Won $31,750
Grand Total Raised $90,137


Meier won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Meier raised a total of $25,943.
Kansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Melanie Meier's campaign in 2012
Meier, Melanie$806
Bottenberg & Associates$750
Electrical Workers Local 124$750
Kansas Contractors Association$700
Kansas State Assoc Elec Workers$500
Total Raised in 2012$25,943
Source:Follow the Money


Meier won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Meier raised a total of $32,444.


Meier won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Meier raised a total of $31,750.


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.[6]


Melanie Meier received a score of 40.0% in the 2013 index.[7]


Meier has a husband, Thomas.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jana Taylor Goodman (R)
Kansas House of Representatives District 41
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Don Navinsky (D)
Kansas House of Representatives District 40
Succeeded by
John Bradford (R)