Tim Owens

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Tim Owens
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Kansas State Senate District 8
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 14, 2013
Years in position 6
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives
2002 – 2009
Bachelor'sKansas State University (1968)
J.D.Washburn University School of Law (1974)
OtherUnited States Army Command and General Staff College (1981)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Date of birthAugust 13, 1945
Place of birthWatertown, New York
Office website
Campaign website

Tim Owens is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing the 8th District since 2009. He was a Representative for the 19th district in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2002 until his election as Senator. From 1981 to 2005, he served as a council member for the Overland Park City Council, 3rd District. He is married with 2 children.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Owens has been appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Owens served on these committees:


Sen. Owens's views on the issues according to his website:[1]

  • A new approach to education. Education funding is important.
  • Opposed to a TABOR amendment until it is "clear and well understood".
  • Laws to regulate eminent domain are needed.
  • Pro-life
  • Supports stem cell research
  • Not opposed to gun possession but has voted against concealed weapons carrying

Sen. Owens currently co-sponsored a resolution in favor of private ballot union elections.[2]



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Owens ran for re-election in 2012. He lost to Jim Denning in the Republican primary on August 7. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Kansas State Senate, District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Denning 60.3% 4,796
Tim Owens Incumbent 39.7% 3,161
Total Votes 7,957


See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012


Owens is one of eight Republican incumbents that the Kansas Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee has targeted for defeat in 2012. It sees the eight incumbents as being impediments to private sector job creation and has made $1,000 donations and in-kind contributions to the Republican challengers.[5]


On November 4, 2008, Owens was elected to the 8th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Judy Macy (D).[6] Owens raised $81,979 for his campaign, while Macy raised $23,746.[7]

Kansas State Senate, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Owens (R) 17,708 53.6%
Judy Macy (D) 15,297 46.4%

Campaign donors


In 2008 Owens collected $81,979 in donations:[8]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee $2,800
Senate Republican Leadership Committee of Kansas $2,000
Hallmark Cards $2,000
Kansas Contractors Association $2,000


Kansas Economic Freedom Index

The Kansas Economic Freedom Index is a project of Bob Weeks, creator of the blog Voice For Liberty in Wichita. The purpose of the Index "is to identify Kansas legislators who vote in favor of economic freedom — and those who don’t."[9] Legislators receive a rating from 0-100 percent based on their votes on bills promoting economic freedom.


Tim Ownes received a rating of 20% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara P. Allen
Kansas Senate District 8
Succeeded by