Kansas House of Representatives
|Kansas House of Representatives|
|Kansas State Legislature|
New session started
|January 12, 2015|
Speaker pro Tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Article 2, Kansas Constitution|
|Salary||$88.66/day + per diem|
|November 4, 2014
|November 8, 2016
|Redistricting||Kansas Reapportionment Commission|
|House of Representatives Chamber
Kansas State Capitol
|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.
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 for decades. The following is the official make-up for the 2015–2017 session:
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of 2009-2011 legislature||77||48||125||0|
|End of 2011-2013 Legislature||92||33||125||0|
|End of 2013-2015 Legislature||93||32||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. 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||Ray Merrick||Republican||27|
|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|
|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
|4||Marty Read||Republican||Mound City|
|8||Craig McPherson||Republican||Overland Park|
|12||Virgil Peck, Jr.||Republican||Tyro|
|19||Stephanie Clayton||Republican||Overland Park|
|20||Rob Bruchman||Republican||Overland Park|
|21||Barbara Bollier||Republican||Mission Hills|
|22||Nancy Lusk||Democratic||Overland Park|
|28||Jerry Lunn||Republican||Overland Park|
|29||James Todd||Republican||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|
|47||Ramon Gonzalez, Jr.||Republican||Perry|
|48||Marvin Kleeb||Republican||Overland Park|
|64||Vern Swanson||Republican||Clay Center|
|65||Lonnie Clark||Republican||Junction City|
|68||Tom Moxley||Republican||Council Grove|
|69||J. R. Claeys||Republican||Salina|
|75||Will Carpenter||Republican||El Dorado|
|78||Ron Ryckman, Jr.||Republican||Olathe|
|80||Kasha Kelley||Republican||Arkansas City|
|85||Steven Brunk||Republican||Bel Aire|
|90||Steve Huebert||Republican||Valley Center|
|101||Joe Seiwert||Republican||Pretty Prairie|
|108||Steven C. Johnson||Republican||Assaria|
|112||John Edmonds||Republican||Great Bend|
|113||Greg Lewis||Republican||St. John|
|115||Ron Ryckman, Sr.||Republican||Meade|
|119||Bud Estes||Republican||Dodge City|
|123||John Doll||Republican||Garden City|
|124||J. Stephen Alford||Republican||Ulysses|
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