Pete Brungardt

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Pete Brungardt
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Kansas State Senate District 24
In office
2001 - present
Term ends
January 14, 2013
Years in position 14
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
City Commission, Salina
1991 – 1999
Salina City Planning Commission
1986 – 1991
Bachelor'sPennsylvania College of Optometry (1969)
OtherPennsylvania College of Optometry (1971)
Date of birthJanuary 30, 1947
Place of birthSalina, Kansas
Office website

Pete Brungardt is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing the 24th District since 2001. His previous political experiences include the Salina City Planning Commission (1986-1991), Salina City Commission (1991-1999), and Mayor of Salina (1993-1994, 1998-1999).

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Brungardt has been appointed to these committees:


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


Sen. Brungardt does not have a website where he lists his issue positions.

See: Pete Brungardt issue positions on Project Vote Smart

Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Brungardt includes:[1]

  • A bill establishing the Medical Marijuana Defense Act[2]
  • A bill defining the jurisdiction of law enforcement officers[3]



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012


Brungardt is one of eight Republican incumbents that the Kansas Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee targeted for defeat in 2012. It sees the eight incumbents as being impediments to private sector job creation and has made $1,000 donations and in-kind contributions to the Republican challengers.[4]

Brungardt ran for re-election in 2012. He was defeated by Tom Arpke in the August 7 Republican primary. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Kansas State Senate, District 24 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Arpke 55.4% 5,413
Pete Brungardt Incumbent 44.6% 4,354
Total Votes 9,767


On November 4, 2008, Brungardt was re-elected to the 24th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Abner Perney (D).[7] Brungardt raised $93,659 for his campaign, while Perney raised $11,004.[8]

Kansas State Senate, District 24 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngPete Brungardt (R) 18,976 66.7%
Abner Perney (D) 9,449 33.2%

Campaign donors

In 2008 Brungardt collected $93,659 in donations.[9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee $6,800
Kansas National Education Association $2,000
Kansas Contractors Association $2,000
Kansas Association of Realtors $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."[10] Legislators receive a rating from 0-100 percent based on their votes on bills promoting economic freedom.


Pete Brungardt received a rating of 13% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index.[11]

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Preceded by
Ben E. Vidricksen
Kansas Senate District 24
Succeeded by