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.
Kansas House of Representatives
|Kansas State Legislature|
New session started
|January 14, 2019|
Speaker pro Tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Article 2, Kansas Constitution|
|Salary||$88.66/day + per diem|
|November 6, 2018|
|November 3, 2020|
|Redistricting||Kansas Reapportionment Commission|
|House of Representatives Chamber|
Kansas State Capitol
|Kansas House of Representatives|
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. 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.
In 1870, the Kansas House of Representatives first met at the Kansas State Capitol, which was not officially completed until 1903.
Populists and Republicans both claimed control of the Kansas House of Representatives in 1893, with the Populists accusing the Republican Party of election fraud. 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.
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.
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. Other state representatives can amend a bill in committee or on the floor of the chamber.
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. State legislators can override the veto with the support of two-thirds majority of both houses.
Republicans hold a supermajority in the Kansas House of Representatives, and have controlled the chamber since 1993. The following is the official make-up for the 2017-2019 session:
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|Latest voting share||67.2%||32.8%|
The Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives is the leader of the chamber and is elected by his fellow state representatives. 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. The majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses relative to their party's strength in the chamber.
|Speaker of the House||Ron Ryckman Jr.||Republican||78|
|Speaker Pro Tem||Blaine Finch||Republican||59|
|Majority Leader||Don Hineman||Republican||118|
|Assistant Majority Leader||Tom Phillips||Republican||67|
|Majority Whip||Kent Thompson||Republican||9|
|Caucus Chair||Susan Concannon||Republican||107|
|Minority Leader||Tom Sawyer||Democratic||95|
|Assistant Minority Leader||Valdenia Winn||Democratic||34|
|Minority Whip||Jim Gartner||Democratic||53|
|Caucus Chair||Barbara Ballard||Democratic||44|
|Agenda Chair||Brett Parker||Democratic||29|
|Policy Chair||Eileen Horn||Democratic||10|
Members of the Kansas House of Representatives, 2017–2019Edit
|4||Trevor Jacobs||Republican||Fort Scott|
|8||Chris Croft||Republican||Overland Park|
|19||Stephanie Clayton||Democratic||Overland Park|
|20||Jan Kessinger||Republican||Overland Park|
|21||Jerry Stogsdill||Democratic||Prairie Village|
|22||Nancy Lusk||Democratic||Overland Park|
|29||Brett Parker||Democratic||Overland Park|
|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|
|48||David Benson||Democratic||Overland Park|
|61||Francis Awerkamp||Republican||St. Marys|
|64||Susie Swanson||Republican||Clay Center|
|65||Lonnie Clark||Republican||Junction City|
|68||Dave Baker||Republican||Council Grove|
|69||J. R. Claeys||Republican||Salina|
|72||Tim Hodge||Democratic||North Newton|
|75||Mary Good||Republican||El Dorado|
|78||Ron Ryckman, Jr.||Republican||Olathe|
|80||Anita Judd-Jenkins||Republican||Arkansas City|
|90||Steve Huebert||Republican||Valley Center|
|101||Joe Seiwert||Republican||Pretty Prairie|
|108||Steven C. Johnson||Republican||Assaria|
|112||Tory Marie Arnberger||Republican||Great Bend|
|113||Greg Lewis||Republican||St. John|
|119||Bradley Ralph||Republican||Dodge City|
|123||John Wheeler||Republican||Garden City|
|124||J. Stephen Alford||Republican||Ulysses|
Past composition of the House of RepresentativesEdit
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