Tobias Schlingensiepen

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Tobias Schlingensiepen
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Kansas, District 2
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kansas (1986)
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Tobias Schlingensiepen was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 2nd Congressional District of Kansas. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 7, 2012.[1]

Schlingensiepen lost to Republican incumbent Lynn Jenkins on November 6, 2012.[2]


Schlingensiepen grew up in Topeka, Kansas.[3] His first political experiences were stuffing envelopes for 2nd District Congresswoman Martha Keys and Gov. John Carlin. He earned a BA from the University of Kansas(Class of ’86). After attending seminary, he returned to Topeka to live and work.[4]


He works as a pastor at First Congregational Church, as a community leader, and as a chaplain with the Topeka Police Department.[3]



See also: Kansas' 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Schlingensiepen ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kansas' 2nd District. Schlingensiepen won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[5] The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run is June 11, 2012. The date was originally set for June 1, but a delay in the redistricting process caused the state to push back the filing deadline.[6]. The primary elections were held on August 7, 2012. He was defeated by Lynn Jenkins in the general election on November 6, 2012.

General election

U.S. House, Kansas District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Jenkins Incumbent 57% 167,463
     Democratic Tobias Schlingensiepen 38.7% 113,735
     Libertarian Dennis Hawver 4.3% 12,520
Total Votes 293,718
Source: Kansas Secretary of State "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Primary Election

The primary took place on August 7.[7]

Democratic Primary
Kansas' 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTobias Schlingensiepen 39.5% 11,747
Robert Eye 34.8% 10,353
Scott Bamhart 25.7% 7,627
Total Votes 29,727


Below is a speech that Schlingensiepen gave at a monthly meeting of Douglas County Democrats on June 16th 2012.

Tobias Schlingensiepen, "Monthly Meeting of the Douglas County Democrats June 16th 2012 "[8]

Campaign themes

  • Solutions Instead of Politics

Excerpt: "These days Congress spends so much time playing politics that the people are being overlooked. Getting reelected and promoting your political party should never come before the interests of your district. We need leaders focused on solving problems – not winning elections."[9]

  • Education

Excerpt: "We must invest in education if we’re going to grow our economy and compete in a world marketplace. I will protect education funding and work to make certain the state receives the support it needs. I oppose the No Child Left Behind law and applaud Kansas for seeking a waiver."[10]

  • Jobs

Excerpt: "I support responsible, measured investments with clear goals in infrastructure and research. Such investments create good jobs, foster innovation and build the economy of the future."[11]

  • Responsible

Excerpt: "I can’t balance the federal budget all by myself, but I can promise that I will follow four basic principles as I do everything I can to restore this nation to fiscal health. When considering any bill affecting the budget, I will (1) protect your wallet, (2) seek fair tax policies, (3) protect the elderly and vulnerable, and (4) maintain the functions we rely on."[12]

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Drummond's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Drummond lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Drummond's campaign committee raised a total of $709 and spent $628.[13]

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Schlingensiepen and his wife Abigail have eight children, ages 10 to 31.[3]

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