Robert Olson

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Robert Olson
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Kansas State Senate District 23
In office
January 11, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 3
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedJanuary 2011
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives
2005 – 2011
Office website
Robert Olson is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 23 since January 11, 2011. Olson was elected to the Senate after the resignation of Karin Brownlee, who was appointed the new Kansas Labor Secretary. [1] Prior to becoming a senator, Olson was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives from 2005 to January 11, 2011. he served as the Majority Whip.

Committee assignments


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

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Financial Institutions and Insurance, Chair
Organization, Calendar and Rules
Federal and State Affairs


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Olson served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Olson served on these committees in the House of Representatives:


Olson refused to take Project Vote Smart's 2008 Political Courage Test. The test, which is administered to all candidates for presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and state legislative offices, asks one central question - "Are you willing to tell citizens your positions on the issues you will most likely face on their behalf?"[2]

  • H 2150 Property taxation; 2% limit on valuation increases. 02/27/2009
  • H 2206 Amendments to late term and partial birth abortion law. 03/05/2009[3]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Robert Olson endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [4]



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Olson won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas State Senate District 23. Olson ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Steve Wright (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Kansas State Senate, District 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Olson Incumbent 63% 18,859
     Democratic Steve Wright 37% 11,098
Total Votes 29,957


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Olson ran for re-election to the 26th District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. He was also unopposed in the GOP primary. General election took place on November 2, 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Olson was re-elected to the 26th District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating Yvonne Marie Cunningham (L). [8] Olson raised $52,220 for his campaign, while Cunningham raised $0. [9]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 26
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Olson (R) 11,067 78.7%
Yvonne Marie Cunningham (L) 2,981 21.2%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008 Olson collected $52,220 in donations.[10]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AT&T $1,250
Koch Industries $1,000
Kansas Medical Society $1,000
Farmers Insurance Group $1,000
Kansas City Power & Light $1,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Karin Brownlee
Kansas State Senate District 23
January 11, 2011–present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kansas House of Representatives District 25
2006–January 11, 2011
Succeeded by
Bob Montgomery