|Louisiana State Senate District 35|
|January 11, 2016|
|Years in position||11|
|Per diem||$6,000/year for expenses; $149/day per diem|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 19, 2011|
|First elected||November, 2003|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|J.D.||Louisiana State University School of Law, 1957|
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.
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.
Kostelka joined the Louisiana State Senate in 2003. He has served in that position since, representing the 35th district.
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Kostelka served on the following committees:
- Judiciary C, Chairman
- Labor & Industrial Relations
- Revenue & Fiscal Affairs
- Senate & Governmental Affairs
- Joint Legislative Capital Outlay
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.
|Louisiana State Senate District 35 Blanket Primary, 2011|
|Republican||Robert Kostelka Incumbent||52%||14,644|
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.
In 2011, Kostelka received $208,595 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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.
His five largest contributors in 2007 were:
|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|
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Kostelka and his wife, Felicia, have five children.
- Official Louisiana State Senate website
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign Contributions: 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003
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