Jim Denning

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Jim Denning
Majority Leader of the Kansas Senate
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Preceded by Terry Bruce
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 8th district
Assumed office
January 2013
Preceded by Tim Owens
Personal details
Born (1956-08-13) August 13, 1956 (age 61)
Great Bend, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marearl Denning
Education Fort Hays State University (BA)

Jim Denning is a Republican member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 8th District since 2013. He was the sixth of nine siblings whose father was an oil field worker. He graduated with a B.A. in finance from Fort Hayes State University.[1] Previously he served in the Kansas House of Representatives, having defeated incumbent Democrat Dolores Furtado and representing District 19 from 2011 to 2013. He was succeeded by Republican Stephanie Clayton. He was first elected to the state Senate in 2012,[2] with support from Governor Sam Brownback, the health care industry and the Koch brothers,[3] defeating moderate Republican incumbent Tim Owens[4] and was re-elected to the Senate in 2016. On December 5, 2016, Denning was elected as the Senate Majority Leader.[5] His brother Frank was the elected sheriff of Johnson County, Kansas for thirteen years, before retiring in 2017.[6]


  1. ^ Biography. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  2. ^ 2012 Election results, Kansas Secretary of State, November 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  3. ^ Denning, Jim, National Institute on Money in State Politics. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  4. ^ End may be coming for GOP moderates, Lawrence Journal-World, Scott Rothschild, July 22, 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  5. ^ http://votesmart.org/candidate/125044/jim-denning#.UftVB2RxtHs Project Vote Smart]. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  6. ^ Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning won’t run again, Kansas City Star, Roxy Hammill, JANUARY 5, 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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