|Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 6th district
January, 1997 – January, 2013
January 8, 1962 |
Kansas City, Kansas
|Residence||Kansas City, Kansas|
|Alma mater||Kansas State University, University of Kansas|
|Profession||Consultant & investor|
Chris Steineger, Republican member of the Kansas Senate, represented the 6th District from 1997-2013. Steineger switched parties from Democrat to Republican in November 2010. He is married and lives in Kansas City, Kansas.
State Senator Chris Steineger served the 6th Senate District in Wyandotte County 1997-2013. He has experience at all three levels of government, including staffing U.S. Representative Jim Slattery in Washington D.C.; Assistant in the City Administrator’s office in Kansas City; and as a tax auditor and collector with the Kansas Department of Revenue. He develops and manages residential real estate, and manages other financial assets.
Steineger’s public policy focuses include reducing the size and role of government; reforming and reducing social welfare; sale of University of Kansas Hospital; consolidation of Kansas counties; and health-care restructuring to provide lower costs and universal health insurance coverage for every American citizen.
Steineger was born in Kansas City and grew up in Muncie, Kansas, a township on the edge of the city limits. His father is former Sen. Jack Steineger, a veteran of the Kansas Legislature for 28 years. His mother Margaret served on various community boards. Steineger previously served as a board member for Kaw Valley Arts and Humanities Inc.; Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center; Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp.; and the International Relations Council of Kansas City.
Steineger is a global traveler, having visited more than 40 countries, including Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Israel, south-east Asia, China, Japan, Taiwan, India, the Caucuses region, and Cuba.
In 2003, he lived for three months in Japan on a Japan Society Fellowship studying Japanese agriculture, food processing, and food marketing. In 2004, Steineger studied European health care systems in Brussels on a Fellowship with the European Union Visitors Program. In 2006, Steineger lectured on American government, politics, elections, and campaigns at the Chinese Foreign Relations University in Beijing. In 2007, he went to Cuba and presented information on American Wetlands policy at the Caribbean Wetlands Symposium. That same year, he studied energy and health care systems in Israel as a Fellow with the American Jewish Committee's Project Interchange.
In December 2010, Steineger switched his affiliation to the Republican party.
Steineger lists the following positions on his website:
- Encourages conservation of natural resources and use of sustainable energy resources. Move America's "borrow, consume, throw-away" culture forward to living within our means and sustainability.
- Medicare, Mediacid, Veterans Administration, and other government health-insurance programs should be consolidated to lower bureaucratic administrative costs, then extend basic health insurance to every American citizen.
- Libertarian beliefs on many issues of "individual freedom and choice vs. government interference and micro-management" including: gun ownership; smoking, drinking, gambling, abortion, seat belts, motorcycle helmets, same-sex marriage.
- Supports firearm ownership for responsible citizens
- A focus on early education programs, both public and private
- Kansas' local governments (cities, counties, townships) should be consolidated to save $500 million taxpayer dollars annually for Kansas GDP
- Cuban trade embargo should be ended
- Financial Institutions and Insurance
- Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and Regulations
- Assessment and Taxation
- Ways & Means (budget)
- Joint Committee on Legislative Post Audit
Steineger's recent sponsored/co-sponsored legislation includes:
- legislation to allow State licensed & controlled casinos
- A bill to downsize the Kansas Legislators from 165 members to 120. 
- A bill to establish a county consolidation commission.
- A resolution to create a budget stabilization fund
- A bill to sell the University of Kansas Hospital
Some of the top contributors to Steineger's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:
- Howard Grace, Cerner Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Bank of America, Kansans for Lifesaving Cures
Finance, insurance, personal donations from his family trust fund and real-estate companies were his largest donor groups.
- Board President, Grinter Place Friends
- Board member, International Relations Council
- Board Member, Kaw Valley Arts and Humanities
- Board Member, Wyandotte County Historical Society.
Steineger in the news
January 23, 2009 - Steineger spoke before a crowd of around 300 citizens at Americans for Prosperity's Defending the American Dream Summit in Wichita. He presented ideas on how Kansas can reshape its county structure to help alleviate Kansas' current budget crisis.
October 3, 2009 - Top Kansas Democrats met in Wichita for their annual Demofest gathering. They delivered energetic speeches to rally party support, but Demofest concluded without the important question answered of who will challenge Republican Senator Sam Brownback in the 2010 gubernatorial election. Steineger's name has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the governorship.
November 23, 2009 - Steineger was on hand to help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Sister State relationship and the Taiwan Province in the Republic of China at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. Other notable guests included Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson, and Congressman Dennis Moore.
2010 Secretary of State campaign
On January 21, 2010, Steineger announced his candidacy for Kansas Secretary of State. In his announcement, Steineger pledged to run the Secretary of State's office in a non-partisan manner.
2012 Senate campaign
Steineger ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and was defeated by Pat Huggins Pettey (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Steineger had narrowly defeated Pettey in the 1996 Democratic primary. 
- Bormann, Dawn (December 17, 2010). "Kansas Sen. Chris Steineger joins the GOP". www.kansascity.com (Kansas City Star). Retrieved December 29, 2010.
- Sen. Steineger Issues
- Sen. Steineger on Cuba (video)
- Profile from the Kansas Legislature
- SB 113 Kansas Legislature
- SB 198 Kansas Legislature
- Concurrent Resolution 1614
- Chris Steineger 2008 campaign contributions
- Weeks, Bob. "Kansas Senator Chris Steineger on Redesigning Kansas Government". Retrieved 2009-10-09.
- Winstrom, Brent (2009-10-03). "Democrats still unsettled on candidate for governor". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
- Sen. Steineger on Twitter
- Kansas Senate
- Project Vote Smart profile
- Campaign Contributions: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
- Sen. Steineger on Facebook
- Sen. Steineger's website