Tom Arpke

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Tom Arpke
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Kansas State Senate District 24
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
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 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives District 69
Bachelor'sFlorida State University (1974)
Date of birthFebruary 6, 1952
Place of birthEl Paso, Texas
Office website
Tom Arpke (b. February 6, 1952) is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He previously served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013.

Arpke earned his B.S. in Microbiology from Florida State University in 1974. His professional experience includes working as an Account Manager for Nalco and the United States Water Services.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


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."



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


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


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


Arpke was elected to the Salina, Kansas city commission in 2009.

One of the major issues of the campaign was a near-total smoking ban enacted by the city commission in January. Arpke said he wouldn't have voted for it but supported putting it up to the public. "I think the fewer laws we have telling people how to run their businesses, the better off we are," he stated.[8]

Arpke received a total of 2,386 votes, winning by 332.

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 June 4, 2013.[9]

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


Arpke won election to the Kansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Arpke raised a total of $69,611.


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


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


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.[10]


Tom Arpke received a score of 69.0% in the 2013 index.[11]


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
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Deena Horst (R)
Kansas House of Representatives District 69
Succeeded by
J.R. Claeys (R)