Leslie Donovan

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Leslie Donovan
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 27th district
In office
January 8, 1997 – January 10, 2017
Succeeded by Gene Suellentrop
Personal details
Born (1936-05-05) May 5, 1936 (age 80)[1]
Political party Republican
Residence Wichita, Kansas
Profession auto dealer

Leslie D. "Les" Donovan, Sr. is a Republican member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 27th District since 1997. He was the Assistant Majority Leader in 2001 and was a delegate to the National Republican Convention in 2000. He was a Kansas Representative from 1992 to 1997. He has also been a precinct committeeman since 1980.

He is an auto dealer from Wichita.

Committee assignments[edit]

Donovan serves on these legislative committees:[2]

  • Assessment and Taxation (chair)
  • Judiciary
  • Transportation


Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Donovan includes:[3]

  • An amendment to have supreme court justices' appointments subject to consent of the senate.[4]
  • A resolution to create a budget stabilization fund[5]
  • A bill regarding campaign finance reform[6]

Major donors[edit]

Some of the top contributors to Les Donovan's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:[7]

Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee, Koch Industries, Kansas Contractors Association, Kansas Association of Realtors, Kansas Medical Society, Kansas Bankers Association

Financial, insurance and real estate companies were his largest donor group.



Donovan was unopposed in the 2012 Republican primary. He defeated Democratic nominee Diana Cubbage in the general election, by a margin of 20,773 to 10,922 — 65.5 percent to 34.5 percent. In their primaries, Donovan had won 7,455 votes; Cubbage 1,044 votes.

Cubbage, a Wichita educator, had been unopposed in the 2012 Democratic Primary.[8][9][10] She had been endorsed by the Kansas Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers-Kansas and the AFL-CIO.[11]


  1. ^ http://www.kanfocus.com/FMPro.php?-DB=House_Profiles_KS&-lay=Contact_Current&-format=Contact_House.html&-RecID=115&-find
  2. ^ Profile from the Kansas Senate
  3. ^ Legislation
  4. ^ SB 1612
  5. ^ SB 1614[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ SB 196, State Surge
  7. ^ Leslie Donovan 2008 campaign contributions
  8. ^ Kansas Secretary of State, "Candidates for the 2012 Primary (official)," retrieved March 13, 2013.
  9. ^ Kansas Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
  10. ^ Kansas Secretary of State, "2012 Kansas General Election Results," accessed March 13, 2013
  11. ^ utw-ks.org/images/2012_voter_guide2.pdf

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