Kansas House of Representatives

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Kansas House of Representatives
Kansas State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 12, 2015
Ray Merrick (R)
Since January 2013
Speaker pro Tempore
Peggy Mast (R)
Since January 10, 2011
Majority Leader
Jene Vickrey (R)
Since January 10, 2011
Minority Leader
Tom Burroughs (D)
Since January 12, 2015
Seats 125
Kansas state legislature diagram house.svg
Political groups
Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
2 years
Authority Article 2, Kansas Constitution
Salary $88.66/day + per diem
Last election
November 4, 2014
(125 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2016
(125 seats)
Redistricting Kansas Reapportionment Commission
Meeting place
House of Representatives Chamber
Kansas State Capitol
Topeka, Kansas
Kansas House of Representatives

The Kansas House of Representatives is the lower house of the legislature of the U.S. state of Kansas. Composed of 125 state representatives from districts with roughly equal populations of at least 19,000, its members are responsible for crafting and voting on legislation, helping to create a state budget, and legislative oversight over state agencies.

Representatives are elected to a two-year term. The Kansas House of Representatives does not have term limits. The legislative session convenes at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka annually.


On January 29, 1861, President James Buchanan authorized Kansas to become the 34th state of United States, a free state. The ratification of the Kansas Constitution created the Kansas House of Representatives as the lower house of the state legislature.

Members of the Kansas House voted to impeach Governor Charles L. Robinson in 1862, but the impeachment trial did not lead to his conviction and removal of office.[1] The Kansas Senate did vote to impeach the secretary of state and state auditor for the unlawful sale of bonds, but only three state senators voted for the governor's impeachment.[1]

The Kansas House of Representatives in 1905

In 1870, the Kansas House of Representatives first met at the Kansas State Capitol, which was not officially completed until 1903.[2]

Populists and Republicans both claimed control of the Kansas House of Representatives in 1893, with the Populists accusing the Republican Party of election fraud.[3] The dispute led to separate Populist-led and Republican-led Houses in 1893 until the Kansas Supreme Court sided with the Republicans and the Populist-led House disbanded.[3]

In 1966, the state legislature began to hold annual general sessions and 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, subject to extension by a vote of two-thirds of the elected membership of each house.[4]

An early legislator who served from 1875 to 1883, Robert M. Wright, was also one of the founders of Dodge City and later its mayor as well.[5]

United States presidential candidate Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican nominee, began his political career with a two-year term in the Kansas House of Representatives after his election in 1950.[6]

Legislative procedure

State representatives introduce a proposed law in the Kansas House of Representatives in the form of a bill, which must be approved by a standing committee, the Committee of the Whole and the entire membership of the chamber.[7] Other state representatives can amend a bill in committee or on the floor of the chamber.[7]

A bill must be approved by both houses of the Kansas Legislature in order to be submitted to the governor, who can sign it into law or veto the bill.[7] State legislators can override the veto with the support of two-thirds majority of both houses.[7]

Party composition

Republicans hold a supermajority in the Kansas House of Representatives, and have controlled the chamber for decades. The following is the official make-up for the 2015–2017 session:

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of 2009-2011 legislature 77 48 125 0
Begin 92 33 125 0
End of 2011-2013 Legislature 92 33 125 0
Begin 92 33 125 0
End of 2013-2015 Legislature 93 32 125 0
Begin 97 28 125 0
Latest voting share 77.6% 22.4%


The Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives is the leader of the chamber and is elected by his fellow state representatives.[7] The speaker presides over the legislative process on the floor of the chamber or appoints a presiding officer in his or her place. He or she also decides the committee structure.[7] The majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses relative to their party's strength in the chamber.


Position Name Party District
Speaker of the House Ray Merrick Republican 27
House Leadership[8]
Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast Republican 76
Majority Leader Jene Vickrey Republican 6
Assistant Majority Leader Mario Goico Republican 94
Majority Whip Willie Dove Republican 38
Caucus Chair Travis Couture-Lovelady Republican 110
Democratic Leaders[8]
Minority Leader Tom Burroughs Democratic 33
Assistant Minority Leader Louis Ruiz Democratic 31
Minority Whip Ed Trimmer Democratic 79
Caucus Chair Barbara Ballard Democratic 44
Agenda Chair Brandon Whipple Democratic 96
Policy Chair John Wilson Democratic 10

Members of the Kansas House of Representatives, 2015–17

District Representative Party Residence
1 Michael Houser Republican Columbus
2 Adam Lusker Democratic Frontenac
3 Chuck Smith Republican Pittsburg
4 Marty Read Republican Mound City
5 Kevin Jones Republican Wellsville
6 Jene Vickrey Republican Louisburg
7 Richard Proehl Republican Parsons
8 Craig McPherson Republican Overland Park
9 Kent Thompson Republican Iola
10 John Wilson Democratic Lawrence
11 Jim Kelly Republican Independence
12 Virgil Peck, Jr. Republican Tyro
13 Larry Hibbard Republican Toronto
14 Keith Esau Republican Olathe
15 Erin Davis Republican Olathe
16 Amanda Grosserode Republican Lenexa
17 Brett Hildabrand Republican Shawnee
18 John Rubin Republican Shawnee
19 Stephanie Clayton Republican Overland Park
20 Rob Bruchman Republican Overland Park
21 Barbara Bollier Republican Mission Hills
22 Nancy Lusk Democratic Overland Park
23 Linda Gallagher Republican Lenexa
24 Jarrod Ousley Democratic Merriam
25 Melissa Rooker Republican Fairway
26 Larry Campbell Republican Olathe
27 Ray Merrick Republican Stilwell
28 Jerry Lunn Republican Overland Park
29 James Todd Republican Overland Park
30 Randy Powell Republican Olathe
31 Louis Ruiz Democratic Kansas City
32 Pam Curtis Democratic Kansas City
33 Tom Burroughs Democratic Kansas City
34 Valdenia Winn Democratic Kansas City
35 Broderick Henderson Democratic Kansas City
36 Kathy Wolfe Moore Democratic Kansas City
37 Stan Frownfelter Democratic Kansas City
38 Willie Dove Republican Bonner Springs
39 Charles Macheers Republican Shawnee
40 John Bradford Republican Lansing
41 Tony Barton Republican Leavenworth
42 Connie O'Brien Republican Lansing
43 William Sutton Republican Gardner
44 Barbara Ballard Democratic Lawrence
45 Tom Sloan Republican Lawrence
46 Dennis Highberger Democratic Lawrence
47 Ramon Gonzalez, Jr. Republican Perry
48 Marvin Kleeb Republican Overland Park
49 Scott Schwab Republican Olathe
50 Fred Patton Republican Topeka
51 Ron Highland Republican Wamego
52 Dick Jones Republican Topeka
53 Annie Tietze Democratic Topeka
54 Ken Corbet Republican Topeka
55 Annie Kuether Democratic Topeka
56 Lane Hemsley Republican Topeka
57 John Alcala Democratic Topeka
58 Harold Lane Democratic Topeka
59 Blaine Finch Republican Ottawa
60 Don Hill Republican Emporia
61 Becky Hutchins Republican Holton
62 Randy Garber Republican Sabetha
63 Jerry Henry Democratic Cummings
64 Vern Swanson Republican Clay Center
65 Lonnie Clark Republican Junction City
66 Sydney Carlin Democratic Manhattan
67 Tom Phillips Republican Manhattan
68 Tom Moxley Republican Council Grove
69 J. R. Claeys Republican Salina
70 John Barker Republican Abilene
71 Diana Dierks Republican Salina
72 Marc Rhoades Republican Newton
73 Les Mason Republican McPherson
74 Don Schroeder Republican Inman
75 Will Carpenter Republican El Dorado
76 Peggy Mast Republican Emporia
77 Kristey Williams Republican Augusta
78 Ron Ryckman, Jr. Republican Olathe
79 Ed Trimmer Democratic Winfield
80 Kasha Kelley Republican Arkansas City
81 Blake Carpenter Republican Derby
82 Peter DeGraaf Republican Mulvane
83 Carolyn Bridges Democratic Wichita
84 Gail Finney Democratic Wichita
85 Steven Brunk Republican Bel Aire
86 Jim Ward Democratic Wichita
87 Mark Kahrs Republican Wichita
88 Joseph Scapa Republican Wichita
89 Roderick Houston Democratic Wichita
90 Steve Huebert Republican Valley Center
91 Gene Suellentrop Republican Wichita
92 John Carmichael Democratic Wichita
93 John Whitmer Republican Wichita
94 Mario Goico Republican Wichita
95 Tom Sawyer Democratic Wichita
96 Brandon Whipple Democratic Wichita
97 Leslie Osterman Republican Wichita
98 Steven Anthimides Republican Wichita
99 Dennis Hedke Republican Wichita
100 Daniel Hawkins Republican Wichita
101 Joe Seiwert Republican Pretty Prairie
102 Janice Pauls Republican Hutchinson
103 Ponka-We Victors Democratic Wichita
104 Steven Becker Republican Buhler
105 Mark Hutton Republican Wichita
106 Sharon Schwartz Republican Washington
107 Susan Concannon Republican Beloit
108 Steven C. Johnson Republican Assaria
109 Troy Waymaster Republican Luray
110 Travis Couture-Lovelady Republican Palco
111 Sue Boldra Republican Hays
112 John Edmonds Republican Great Bend
113 Greg Lewis Republican St. John
114 Jack Thimesch Republican Cunningham
115 Ron Ryckman, Sr. Republican Meade
116 Kyle Hoffman Republican Coldwater
117 John Ewy Republican Jetmore
118 Don Hineman Republican Dighton
119 Bud Estes Republican Dodge City
120 Rick Billinger Republican Goodland
121 Mike Kiegerl Republican Olathe
122 Russell Jennings Republican Lakin
123 John Doll Republican Garden City
124 J. Stephen Alford Republican Ulysses
125 Shannon Francis Republican Liberal

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ewing, Cortez A. M. "Early Kansas Impeachments," Kansas Historical Quarterly, August 1932 (Vol. 1, No. 4), p. 307-325, digitized with permission of the Kansas Historical Society. (accessed July 25, 2013)
  2. Kansas State Capitol, Kansapedia, Kansas Historical Society. (accessed July 25, 2013)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cool Things - Legislative War Artifacts, Kansapedia, Kansas Historical Society, November 1997. (accessed July 25, 2013)
  4. "Kansas Legislative Research Manual Kansas Legislative Procedures," March 12, 2009.
  5. "George Laughhead, Robert M. Wright (1840-1915), Dodge City, Kansas: Town President, founder, pioneer, September 23, 2009". kansashistory.us. Retrieved April 14, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Kansas Legislators Past & Present-Robert Dole
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Legislative Procedure in Kansas, Kansas Legislative Research Department, November 2006. (accessed July 24, 2013)
  8. 8.0 8.1 House Leadership 2015–16 sessions

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