State Senator (KS-3)
Employer / Organization
Nov 03, 2020
Jan 01, 2020 - Aug 03, 2020
A Kansas State Senator serves in the upper house of the bicameral Kansas State Legislature. Kansas has 40 senators, who each represent one district within the state. Each senator represents about 71,000 constituents from their respective districts. Primary responsibilities of a senator include, developing budget packages, making taxation decisions, passing legislation, allocating spending, and redistricting in collaboration with other senators and the house of representatives. Additionally, the senate has the exclusive authority to try officials impeached by the house in addition to authorizing certain executive appointments. Leadership in the senate is guided by the Senate President, who, after being chosen by the majority party caucus, and elected by the entire senate body, is charged with assigning each senator to various committees and leadership positions. A Kansas senator serves a four-year term, with no limit on the number of terms served. The salary of the position is $88.66 per day in addition to $99 for expenses each day that they work. Senators receive reimbursement for mileage and an additional $6775 for expenses incurred between sessions.
Application Guidelines1) Contact the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the required filing forms. Candidate nominating petitions are also available online here: http://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/PP.pdf. 2) Complete the required filing forms and submit the filing forms to the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State. The required forms include campaign finance forms, nominating petitions and other office specific forms. The number of petition signatures required to qualify as an independent candidate on the ballot is equal to 4% of the registered voters in the district subject to the petition containing no less than 25 but no more than 5,000 signatures. 3) To run as an independent, the petitions must be filed by the day before the primary election in order to appear on the ballot. The primary election is always held on the first Tuesday in August. If you plan to run as a candidate for one of the established political parties, contact the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State or the party office for the filing window and procedures necessary to compete in the party primary. The deadline to file as a party candidate is June 1st. If you have any questions please contact the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State by phone at (785) 296-4561. Additionally, more 2016 Candidate Filing Information can be found here: https://www.kssos.org/elections/16elec/2016_Candidate_Filing_Information.pdf.
Submit application to:
Kansas Secretary of State Elections Division, 120 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS, 66612, US