Sean Gatewood

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Sean Gatewood
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Kansas House of Representatives District 57
Former Member
In office
2009 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Sean Gatewood is a former Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 57 from 2009 to 2013.

Greenwood previously served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.[1]


Campaign themes

Gatewood's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

On Economic Opportunities and Growth

  • Excerpt:"Ensure that our excellent public schools receive adequate funding and that our children continue to receive the knowledge and tools necessary to become active, productive citizens of the 21st century."

For The Best Public Schools in the Nation

  • Excerpt:"As the recession starts to turn around we need to continue on a path toward prosperity and ensure job and business opportunities for all Kansans."

On Cheap Energy and a Clean Environment

  • Excerpt:"Kansas is the second windiest state in the country. We need to harness that potential to produce clean energy, which in turn will create new jobs."

For A Better Health Care System for Everyone

  • Excerpt:"Find ways to reduce the cost of health care to make it more accessible and affordable for all Kansans, while paying special attention to the needs of our seniors and our children."

On Keeping Our Moral Covenant

  • Excerpt:"Defend the most vulnerable of our population by funding necessary social services that are vital to so many disabled Kansans and ensure they receive the care, treatment, and dignity they deserve."

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Gatewood served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Gatewood served on the following committees:


Gatewood 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]

Has not yet sponsored any major legislation.[3]



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gatewood ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 50. He ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by Joshua Powell (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 50, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoshua Powell 54.9% 5,986
     Democratic Sean Gatewood Incumbent 45.1% 4,913
Total Votes 10,899


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gatewood won re-election to the 57th District seat against Keri Strahler (R). Gatewood had no opposition in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[6]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 57 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSean Gatewood (D) 2,321
Keri Strahler (R) 1,976


On November 4, 2008, Gatewood was elected to the 57th District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating Cheryl Reynolds (R). [7] Gatewood raised $21,581 for his campaign, while Reynolds raised $1,871. [8]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 57
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngSean Gatewood (D) 4,348 63.7%
Cheryl Reynolds (R) 2,471 36.2%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Gatewood received $18,235 in campaign donations. The largest contributors to the campaign are listed below.[9]


IN 2008 Gatewood collected $21,581 in donations.[10]

Four of his largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Gatewood, Sean $2,917
Shawnee County Democratic Legislative Committee $900
Communications Workers of America $500
United Steelworkers 307 $500


Gatewood and his wife Terica have one child.[1]

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