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Michael O'Donnell
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Kansas State Senate District 25
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sFriends University
ProfessionCommunications director for the Hartman Companies
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Michael O'Donnell is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 25. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He also serves on the Wichita, Kansas City Council.

O'Donnell earned his B.S. in Political Science from Friends University.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Donnell served on the following committees:

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Public Health and Welfare
Ethics, Elections and Local Government
Ways and Means
Natural Resources


Campaign themes


On his campaign website O'Donnell outlines seven main issues of his campaign:[1]

  • Creating New Jobs: "I will never stop working until the business climate in Kansas is the best in America. We must have a tax structure that encourages job growth and strengthens the middle class. I support tax cuts that focus on new jobs and more take home pay – for every family and small business."
  • Cut Wasteful Spending: "It is imperative to have lawmakers in Topeka who can and will make tough decisions for our state. I want to cut wasteful spending in Topeka and get us on course for fiscal responsibility. I know when to say enough is enough and end the waste and mismanagement throughout government."
  • Protecting Education: "We need our leaders to fight for each classroom and make sure your tax dollars make it to the teachers and the students – where it is needed most. Our schools and school systems are in desperate need for lawmakers who support their efforts. Our children deserve more funding."
  • Preserving Healthcare: "I will oppose ObamaCare consistently to make sure WE have control of our own health care -- not the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. Each time, I will vote against ObamaCare."
  • Defending Our Constitution: "The 1st and 2nd Amendments are under attack daily – freedom of religion and speech, and the right to keep and bear arms. I will consistently fight to uphold these constitutional amendments."
  • Limiting Federal Government: "I will preserve our independence by combatting government overreach in our lives. Out-of-control federal spending must be addressed and spending on non-constitutional programs must be eliminated. We no longer have an option."
  • Guarding Lives: "I will fight for the life of every Kansan from conception to natural death and will promote our law enforcement daily."



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

O'Donnell won election in the 2012 election for Kansas State Senate District 25. O'Donnell defeated incumbent Jean Kurtis Schodorf in the Republican primary on August 7, and defeated Dave Thomas (L) and Tim Snow (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Kansas State Senate, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael O'Donnell 46.6% 9,326
     Democratic Tim Snow 45.3% 9,063
     Libertarian Dave Thomas 8% 1,607
Total Votes 19,996

Kansas State Senate, District 25 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael O'Donnell 58.8% 2,785
Jean Schodorf Incumbent 41.2% 1,949
Total Votes 4,734

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for O'Donnell is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, O'Donnell raised a total of $174,501 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 4, 2013.[5]

Michael O'Donnell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State Senate, District 25 Won $174,501
Grand Total Raised $174,501


O'Donnell won election to the Kansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, O'Donnell raised a total of $174,501.
Kansas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael O'Donnell's campaign in 2012
Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry$2,398
Mark V Heitz Revocable Trust$2,000
Wheat State Investments$2,000
Eddys Toyota$2,000
Cornejo & Sons$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$174,501
Source: Follow the Money


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]


Michael O'Donnell received a score of 67.2% in the 2013 index.[7]


O'Donnell serves as the Chairman of Sedgwick County Young Republicans, is on the board of the Wichita YMCA, Grace Baptist Church, and The American Cancer Society's Cattleman's Ball.[8]

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Preceded by
Jean Schodorf (R)
Kansas State Senate District 25
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