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The Kansas House of Representatives is the lower house of the Kansas Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. State of Kansas. It is composed of 125 Representatives from an equal amount of constituencies, each with at least a population of 19,000. Representatives are elected to a two year term. The Kansas House of Representatives does not have term limits. The House meets at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka.



Since 1966 the legislature holds annual general sessions. Previously, the session in odd-numbered years was of unlimited duration while in even-numbered years the session was limited to 60 calendar days (unless two-thirds of the elected members of each house voted to extend it). A constitutional amendment adopted at the 1974 general election extended the duration of the session held in the even-numbered years to 90 calendar days, still subject to extension by a vote of two-thirds of the elected membership of each house.[1].

Leadership of the House

The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the full House through the passage of a House Resolution. In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker is also its chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. Other House leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses relative to their party's strength in the chamber.

Make-up of the House of Representatives

Republicans hold a majority in the State House. The following is the official make-up for the 2009-2011 session:

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 78 47 125 0
Begin 77 48 125 0
January 12, 2009[2] 76 49
Latest voting share 60.8% 39.2%


Position Name Party District
Speaker of the House Mike O'Neal Republican 104
Majority Leader Ray Merrick Republican 27
Speaker Pro Tem Arlen Siegfreid Republican 15
Minority Leader Paul Davis Democratic 46

Members of the Kansas House of Representatives, 2009-2011

District Representative Party Residence
1 Doug Gatewood Democratic Columbus
2 Robert Grant Democratic Cherokee
3 Julie Menghini Democratic Pittsburg
4 Shirley Palmer[3] Democratic Fort Scott
5 Bill Feuerborn Democratic Garnett
6 Jene Vickrey Republican Louisburg
7 Richard Proehl Republican Parsons
8 Jerry Williams Democratic Chanute
9 Bill Otto Republican Le Roy
10 Tony Brown Democratic Baldwin City
11 Virgil Peck, Jr. Republican Tyro
12 Jeff King Republican Independence
13 Forrest Knox Republican Altoona
14 Lance Kinzer Republican Olathe
15 Arlen Siegfried Republican Olathe
16 Gene Rardin Democratic Overland Park
17 Jill Quigley Republican Lenexa
18 Cindy Neighbor Democratic Shawnee
19 Dolores Furtado Democratic Overland Park
20 Kevin Yoder Republican Overland Park
21 Kay Wolf Republican Prairie Village
22 Lisa Benlon Democratic Overland Park
23 Milack Talia Democratic Shawnee
24 Mike Slattery Democratic Mission
25 Terrie Huntington Republican Fairway
26 Rob Olson Republican Olathe
27 Ray Merrick Republican Stilwell
28 Pat Colloton Republican Leawood
29 Sheryl Spalding Republican Overland Park
30 Ron Worley Republican Lenexa
31 Stan Frownfelter Democratic Kansas City
32 Louis Ruiz Democratic Kansas City
33 Tom Burroughs Democratic Kansas City
34 Valdenia Winn Democratic Kansas City
35 Broderick Henderson Democratic Kansas City
36 Margaret Long Democratic Kansas City
37 Michael Peterson Democratic Kansas City
38 Anthony Brown Republican Eudora
39 Owen Donohoe Republican Shawnee
40 Melanie Meier Democratic Leavenworth
41 Marti Crow Democratic Leavenworth
42 Connie O'Brien Republican Lansing
43 S. Mike Kiegerl Republican Olathe
44 Barbara Ballard Democratic Lawrence
45 Tom Sloan Republican Lawrence
46 Paul Davis Democratic Lawrence
47 Lee Tafanelli Republican Ozawkie
48 Marvin Kleeb Republican Overland Park
49 Scott Schwab Republican Olathe
50 Rocky Fund Republican Hoyt
51 Mike Burgess Republican Topeka
52 Lana Gordon Republican Topeka
53 Ann Mah Democratic Topeka
54 Joe Patton Republican Topeka
55 Annie Kuether Democratic Topeka
56 Annie Tietze Democratic Topeka
57 Sean Gatewood Democratic Topeka
58 Harold Lane Democratic Topeka
59 William Prescott Republican Osage City
60 Don Hill Republican Emporia
61 Richard Carlson Republican St. Marys
62 Steve Lukert Democratic Sabetha
63 Jerry Henry Democratic Cummings
64 Vern Swanson Republican Clay Center
65 Barbara Craft Republican Junction City
66 Sydney Carlin Democratic Manhattan
67 Tom Hawk Democratic Manhattan
68 Tom Moxley Republican Council Grove
69 Deena Horst Republican Salina
70 J. Robert (Bob) Brookens Republican Marion
71 Charles Roth Republican Salina
72 Marc Rhoades Republican Newton
73 Clark Schultz Republican Lindsborg
74 Don Schroeder Republican Inman
75 John Grange Republican El Dorado
76 Peggy Mast Republican Emporia
77 J. David Crum Republican Augusta
78 Ed Trimmer Democratic Winfield
79 Kasha Kelley Republican Arkansas City
80 Vincent Wetta Democratic Wellington
81 Peter DeGraaf (took the place of Ted Powers) Republican Mulvane
82 Don Myers Republican Derby
83 Jo Ann Porttoff Republican Wichita
84 Gail Finney Democratic Wichita
85 Steven Brunk Republican Bel Aire
86 Judith Loganbill Democratic Wichita
87 Raj Goyle Democratic Wichita
88 Jim Ward Democratic Wichita
89 Melody McCray-Miller Democratic Wichita
90 Steve Huebert Republican Valley Center
91 Brenda Landwehr Republican Wichita
92 Nile Dillmore Democratic Wichita
93 Dan Kerschen Republican Goddard
94 Joe McLeland Republican Wichita
95 Tom Sawyer Democratic Wichita
96 Phil Hermanson Republican Wichita
97 Dale Swenson Democratic[2] Wichita
98 Geraldine Flaharty Democratic Wichita
99 Aaron Jack Republican Andover
100 Mario Goico Republican Wichita
101 Joe Seiwert Republican Pretty Prairie
102 Janice Pauls Democratic Hutchinson
103 Delia Garcia Democratic Wichita
104 Michael O'Neal Republican Hutchinson
105 Jason Watkins Republican Wichita
106 Sharon Schwartz Republican Washington
107 Elaine Bowers Republican Concordia
108 Don Svaty Democratic Ellsworth
109 Clay Aurand Republican Courtland
110 Dan Johnson Republican Hays
111 Eber Phelps Democratic Hays
112 Bill Wolf Republican Great Bend
113 Robert Bethell Republican Alden
114 Mitch Holmes Republican St. John
115 Melvin Neufeld Republican Ingalls
116 Pat Maloney (succeeding Dennis McKinney) Democratic Kingman
117 Larry Powell Republican Garden City
118 Don Hineman Republican Oakley
119 Pat George Republican Dodge City
120 John Faber Republican Brewster
121 Jim Morrison Republican Colby
122 Gary Hayzlett Republican Lakin
123 Jeff Whitham Republican Garden City
124 Bill Light Republican Rolla
125 Carl Holmes Republican Liberal

See also


  1. ^ "Kansas Legislative Research Manual Kansas Legislative Procedures, March 12, 2009
  2. ^ a b On January 12, 2009, incumbent Republican Dale Swenson switched parties to Democratic. Update: GOP denounces Swenson's party flip
  3. ^ Kansas House of Representatives

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