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Shanti Gandhi

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Shanti Gandhi
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Kansas House of Representatives District 52
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
M.D.University of Bombay
Office website
Shanti Gandhi is a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 52 since 2013.

Gandhi came to the United States in 1967, after graduating from medical school at the University of Bombay. He retired in 2010 after working as a cardiovascular surgeon.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Social Services Budget
Federal and State Affairs


Campaign themes

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

Preserve personal freedom

  • Excerpt:"Personal freedom is one of the basic tenets this country was founded on and is gradually being eroded."

Limit size of the government

  • Excerpt:"In Kansas, it will be one of the most important task of the legislature to contain the size of our government. This will allow the small businesses to grow which is the engine that drives our economy."

Control Government Spending

  • Excerpt:"Our national debt is mounting by the minute. It is going up at the rate of more than $2.8 million every minute."

Balanced Budget

  • Excerpt:"If we expect people to live within their means, the government has an obligation to do so."



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gandhi won election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 52. Gandhi defeated WM. Scott Hesse and Dick Jones in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Ted Ensley (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngShanti Gandhi 54.4% 6,472
     Democratic Ted Ensley 45.6% 5,425
Total Votes 11,897

Kansas House of Representatives, District 52 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShanti Gandhi 36.6% 1,502
Dick Jones 35.6% 1,461
WM. Scott Hesse 27.7% 1,137
Total Votes 4,100

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gandhi is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Gandhi raised a total of $31,756 during that time period. This information was last updated on 6/19/2013.[3]

Shanti Gandhi's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State House, District 52 Won $31,756
Grand Total Raised $31,756


Gandhi won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Gandhi raised a total of $31,756.
Kansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Shanti Gandhi's campaign in 2012
Kansas Medical Society$875
Fisher, David$583
Heinz, Mark V & Lisa A$500
Lutes, David & Rachel$500
Craig, Harry & Karen$500
Total Raised in 2012$31,756
Source: Follow the Money


Kansas Freedom Index

The Kansas Policy Institute, Kansas’s "first free market think tank," releases its legislator scorecard as a part of its Kansas Freedom Index for Kansas state representatives and senators once a year. The Score Card gives each legislator a score from 1%-100% based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on specific issues which the Kansas Policy Institute thought were pro-limited government policies.[4]


Shanti Gandhi received a score of 66.0% in the 2013 index.[5]


Gandhi and his wife Susan have four children.[1]

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Preceded by
Lana Gordon (R)
Kansas House of Representatives District 52
Succeeded by