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Tom Hawk
Tom Hawk Kansas.jpg
Kansas State Senate District 22
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
Office website
Tom Hawk is a Democratic member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 22 since 2013. He previously served in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 67 from 2005 to 2011.

Hawk is the owner of Tom Hawk Incorporated Professional Photography. He has previously served as superintendent, school administrator, counselor and teacher at Manhattan-Ogden Public Schools. He received his BS in Math Education, MS in Counseling, and PhD in Educational Administration from Kansas State University.

Hawk has previously served on the Governor's Education Policy Task Force, City-County Land Use Task Force, and Governor's Best Team for Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is currently a member of the Manhattan Rotary, Optimist, and Chamber of Commerce.[1]


Campaign themes

Hawk's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt:"My job as a legislator will be one of constantly listening, evaluating, and analyzing what the right balance must be between key programs and the taxpayer’s ability to pay."


  • Excerpt:"Education is my number one priority. We must invest in our young people so they have the skills and compassion to be solid, productive citizens."

Small Business

  • Excerpt:"Support for the engines that run our economy and appropriate governmental tax policy and regulation are essential for our long-term economic health."


  • Excerpt:"I believe that the role of government is to protect its citizens and to create opportunity so that all have the chance to be successful."

Two Party System

  • Excerpt:"A better balance between both parties yields deeper discussions, more options, and better long-term planning and legislation."

Policy Positions

Hawk's website lists his major concerns and goals as Kansas' financial situation, Education (K-12, KSU and MATC), Small Business, and Quality of Life.[3]

Hawk refused to take Project Vote Smart's 2008 Political Courage Test. The test, which is administered to all candidates for presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and state legislative offices, asks one central question - "Are you willing to tell citizens your positions on the issues you will most likely face on their behalf?"[4]

His answers to the Kansas State Legislative Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test are available.

Has not sponsored any major legislation.[5]

Committee assignments


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

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Financial Institutions and Insurance
Natural Resources



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Hawk won election in the 2012 election for Kansas State Senate District 22. Hawk ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Bob Reader (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Kansas State Senate, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Hawk 50.8% 12,851
     Republican Bob Reader 49.2% 12,469
Total Votes 25,320


See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hawk was defeated by Susan Mosier in the November 2, 2010 general election to the 67th District. Hawk had no opposition in the Democratic primary.[9]


On November 4, 2008, Hawk was re-elected to the 67th District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating Dick Miller (R). [10] Hawk raised $48,759 for his campaign, while Miller raised $17,061. [11]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 67
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Hawk (D) 5,902 55.8%
Dick Miller (R) 4,657 44.1%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hawk is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Hawk raised a total of $290,079 during that time period. This information was last updated on 6/4/2013.[12]

Tom Hawk's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State Senate, District 22 Won $51,831
2010 Kansas State House, District 67 Defeated $51,985
2008 Kansas State House, District 67 Won $48,759
2006 Kansas State House, District 67 Won $56,349
2004 Kansas State House, District 67 Won $34,034
2002 Kansas State House, District 67 Defeated $47,121
Grand Total Raised $290,079


Hawk won election to the Kansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hawk raised a total of $51,831.
Kansas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tom Hawk (Kansas)'s campaign in 2012
Frahm, Kenneth$1,000
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte of Kansas$1,000
Kansas National Education Association$1,000
Kansas Contractors Association$1,000
Wichita-Hutchinson Labor Federation$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$51,831
Source: Follow the Money


Hawk lost the election for the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Hawk raised a total of $51,985.


Hawk won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Hawk raised a total of $48,759.


Hawk won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Hawk raised a total of $56,349.


Hawk won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Hawk raised a total of $34,034.


Hawk lost the election for the Kansas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Hawk raised a total of $47,121.


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.[13]


Tom Hawk received a score of 30.2% in the 2013 index.[14]


Hawk and his wife Tamara have two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Reitz (R)
Kansas State Senate District 22
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kansas House of Representatives District 67
Succeeded by
Susan Mosier (R)