Stephen Morris (politician)
|Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 39th district
January 1993 – January 2013
|Preceded by||Leroy Hayden|
|Succeeded by||Larry Powell|
January 4, 1946 |
Garden City, Kansas, U.S
|Alma mater||Kansas State University, Manhattan|
Stephen Morris was a Republican member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 39th District from 1993-2013. He was Senate president from 2005-2013. From 1977 to 1993, he served as the vice-president, then president of the Kansas Unified School District 210, Board of Education. He is a farmer from Hugoton.
Morris served on these legislative committees:
- Interstate Cooperation (chair)
- Joint Committee on Legislative Coordinating Council (chair)
- Organization, Calendar and Rules (chair)
- Joint Committee on Pensions, Investments and Benefits (vice-chair)
- Federal and State Affairs
- Natural Resources
Some of the top contributors to Morris's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:
- Kansas for Quality Mental Health Services, Astrazeneca, Kansas Association of Realtors, Westlink Communications, Heavy Constructors Association. Financial, insurance and real estate companies were his largest donor group.
In 1992, Morris defeated incumbent Democrat Leroy Hayden, by 15,178 to 7,456 votes. Seven of eight moderate state senate Republicans, including Morris, targeted by the Koch brothers, were defeated in the 2012 Republican primary, giving incumbent Governor Sam Brownback the margin he needed to effectively restructure state taxation, exempting "S" status filers such as Koch Industries from income taxes. Morris lost to Larry Powell by a 5,106-4,737 margin in the primary on Aug. 7, 2012. In 2014, Morris, as a member of Republicans for Kansas Values, supported Democratic State Senator Paul Davis for governor, over Brownback.
- Profile from the Kansas Legislature
- Stephen Morris, 2008 campaign contributions
- General Election 1992, Kansas Secretary of State, November 1992. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
- The great Kansas Republican Purge of 2012, Slate magazine, Dave Weigel, August 8, 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
- Kansas Secretary of State, "Candidates for the 2012 Primary (official)," retrieved March 4, 2013.
- Kansas Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- More area Republicans show support of Davis, Garden City Telegram, Scott Aust, October 18, 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2017.