Tom Arpke

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Tom Arpke
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Kansas State Senate District 24
Incumbent
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives District 69
2011-2013
Education
Bachelor'sFlorida State University (1974)
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 6, 1952
Place of birthEl Paso, Texas
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Tom Arpke (b. February 6, 1952) is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 24 since 2013. He previously served in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 69 from 2011 to 2013.

Before his time in the House, Arpke worked as an Account Manager. He was employed by Nalco from 2000-2006, and by the United States Water Services from 2006-2008. He also worked as a Sales Engineer from 1994-2000.

Arpke received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State University in 1974, majoring in Microbiology.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

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

  • Excerpt:"I favor lowering the tax burden on Kansas families and businesses."
  • Excerpt:"[I] feel that family values and respect for life are core elements that need to be supported in all legislative activities."
  • Excerpt:"I have participated in this process of getting back to the people, to listen to their thoughts, discover their dreams, and renew within them a sense of hope in the legislative process."

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Education, Vice-chair
Natural Resources
Ways and Means

2011-2012

Arpke served on the following committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:

Elections

2012

See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Arpke won election in the 2012 election for Kansas State Senate District 24. Arpke defeated Pete Brungardt in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Janice Norlin (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Kansas State Senate, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Arpke 56.5% 15,112
     Democratic Janice Norlin 43.5% 11,650
Total Votes 26,762


Kansas State Senate, District 24 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Arpke 55.4% 5,413
Pete Brungardt Incumbent 44.6% 4,354
Total Votes 9,767

Endorsements

Gov. Sam Brownback (R) endorsed Arpke over incumbent Brungardt. The governor and his allies are targeting moderate Republican incumbents for defeat.[5]

2010

Arpke defeated incumbent Deena Horst in the Republican primary on August 3, 2010 by a margin of 1,205-898.[6] Horst was seeking her ninth term. Arpke defeated Gerrett Morris (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 69 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Arpke (R) 3,733
Gerrett Morris (D) 2,106

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Arpke is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Arpke raised a total of $97,595 during that time period. This information was last updated on 6/4/2013.[8]

Tom Arpke's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State Senate, District 24 Won $69,611
2010 Kansas State House, District 69 Won $10,980
2008 Kansas State Senate, District 24 Defeated $17,004
Grand Total Raised $97,595

2012

Arpke won election to the Kansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Arpke raised a total of $69,611.
Kansas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tom Arpke's campaign in 2012
Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry$2,818
American Freedom PAC$2,000
Koch Industries$2,000
Crossland Construction Co$1,500
Mark V Heitz Revocable Trust$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$69,611
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Arpke won election to the Kansas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Arpke raised a total of $10,980.

2008

Arpke lost the election for the Kansas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Arpke raised a total of $17,004.

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Personal

Arpke and his wife Beth have five children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pete Brungardt (R)
Kansas State Senate District 24
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Deena Horst (R)
Kansas House of Representatives District 69
2011-2013
Succeeded by
J.R. Claeys (R)