Jim Denning

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Jim Denning
Majority Leader of the Kansas Senate
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Preceded byTerry Bruce
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 8th district
Assumed office
January 2013
Preceded byTim Owens
Personal details
Born (1956-08-13) August 13, 1956 (age 63)
Great Bend, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Marearl Denning
EducationFort Hays State University (BA)

Jim Denning (born August 13, 1956), is a Republican member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 8th District since 2013.

Early life[edit]

On August 13, 1956, Denning was born in Great Bend, Kansas. Denning's father was Paul Denning, an oil field worker. Denning's mother was Albertine Denning. Denning was the sixth of nine siblings.[1]


In 1980, Denning earned a B.A. degree in Finance from Fort Hayes State University.[1] [2]


In 2010, Denning began to serve the Kansas House of Representatives [1], having defeated incumbent Democrat Dolores Furtado and representing District 19 from 2011 to 2013. Denning was succeeded by Republican Stephanie Clayton. He was first elected to the state Senate in 2012,[3] with support from Governor Sam Brownback, the health care industry and the Koch brothers,[4] defeating moderate Republican incumbent Tim Owens[5] and was re-elected to the Senate in 2016. On December 5, 2016, Denning was elected as the Senate Majority Leader. The American Conservative Union gave him a lifetime evaluation of 79%. [6]

Personal life[edit]

Denning's wife is Marearl Denning. They have two children.[1]

Denning's brother Frank was the elected sheriff of Johnson County, Kansas for thirteen years, before retiring in 2017.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Senator Jim Denning's Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Biography. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  3. ^ 2012 Election results, Kansas Secretary of State, November 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  4. ^ Denning, Jim, National Institute on Money in State Politics. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  5. ^ End may be coming for GOP moderates, Lawrence Journal-World, Scott Rothschild, July 22, 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  6. ^ http://votesmart.org/candidate/125044/jim-denning#.UftVB2RxtHs Project Vote Smart]. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  7. ^ Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning won’t run again, Kansas City Star, Roxy Hammill, JANUARY 5, 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

External links[edit]

Kansas Senate
Preceded by
Terry Bruce
Majority Leader of the Kansas Senate