Robert Kostelka

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Robert Kostelka
Robert W. Kostelka.jpg
Louisiana State Senate District 35
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 12
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $149/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedNovember, 2003
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
J.D.Louisiana State University School of Law, 1957
Office website
Robert Kostelka is a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate, representing District 35.


Kostelka attended both Louisiana State University and Centenary College. He went on to earn his JD from Louisiana State University School of Law in 1957. He then completed his Training for Prosecuting Attorneys at Northwestern University School of Law.

Professional experience

Kostelka was District Attorney/Assistant District Attorney for the Fourth District Court from 1964 to 1971. He then worked as Louisiana District Judge for the Fourth Judicial District Court of Louisiana from 1983 to 1986, 1991 to 1992, and 1997 to 1998. He also was a Judge for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal in 1999.

Political experience

Kostelka joined the Louisiana State Senate in 2003. He has served in that position since, representing the 35th district.

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Kostelka served on the following committees:


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Kostelka served on the following committees:


In the 2008-2009 legislative session, Kostelka served on the following committees:



See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011

Kostelka ran for re-election in 2011. He defeated Jeff Guerriero (R) in the October 22 primary. Because Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, a candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering 50 percent +1 of the vote in the primary. However, if no candidate reaches this threshold, then a general election would have taken place on November 19, 2011 between the top-two vote getters.[1]

Louisiana State Senate District 35 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Kostelka Incumbent 52% 14,644
     Republican Jeff Guerriero 48% 13,494
Total Votes 28,138


In 2007 Robert Kostelka was re-elected to the Louisiana State Senate District 35. Kostelka's vote totals are not available because he ran unopposed. He raised $112,699 for his campaign fund.[2]

Campaign donors


In 2011, Kostelka received $208,595 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[3]

Louisiana State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Kostelka's campaign in 2011
Republican Legislative Delegation Campaign Cmte Of Louisiana$20,000
Louisiana Manufacturers Association$3,500
Louisiana Hospital Association$3,000
Louisiana Medical Association$3,000
Total Raised in 2011 $208,595
Total Votes received in 2011 14,644
Cost of each vote received $14.24


In 2007, a year in which Kostelka was up for election, he collected $112,699 in donations.[4]

His five largest contributors in 2007 were:

Donor Amount
Louisiana Restaurant Association-PAC $5,000
Johnston Perry Johnson & Associates $4,800
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry $3,516
Green Clinic Management Inc $2,500
John O'Neal $2,500

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Kostelka and his wife, Felicia, have five children.

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