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Exposing the 2015 ALEC Shadow Legislature in Kansas

Rogues' Gallery of 50

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Legislative Body Leadership (with gold borders)

Susan Wagle

Senator Susan Wagle, Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS Senate District 30 is President of the Senate.

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Ray Merrick

Representative Ray Merrick, a Republican from Stilwell KS, representing KS House District 27 is Speaker of the House.

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Peggy Mast

Representative Peggy Mast, a Republican from Emporia KS, representing KS House District 76 is Speaker Pro Tem.

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Terry Bruce

Senator Terry Bruce, Republican from Hutchinson KS, representing KS Senate District 34 is Senate Majority Leader.

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Julia Lynn

Senator Julia Lynn, Republican from Olathe KS, representing KS Senate District 9 is Senate Assistant Majority Leader.

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Mario Goico

Representative Mario Goico, a Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS House District 94 is House Assistant Majority Leader.

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Garrett Love

Senator Garrett Love, Republican from Montezuma KS, representing KS Senate District 38 is Senate Majority Whip.

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Willie Dove

Representative Willie Dove, a Republican from Bonner Springs KS, representing KS House District 38 is House Majority Whip.

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At least, 8 of the top 10 Kansas legislative leaders in 2015 (80%) are part of ALEC, including the heads of both the Kansas Senate and the Kansas House of Representatives. These individuals control which legislation is able to be voted on by the legislature. If they don't like a bill, it never gets a chance to be voted on.

We don't know if the other two leaders are part of ALEC, since ALEC's legislative membership is kept secret.

Senators and Senate Committee Leadership (with blue borders, Chairs darker and Vice-Chairs lighter)

Elaine Bowers

Senator Elaine Bowers, Republican from Concordia KS, representing KS Senate District 36 is Vice-Chair-Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee.

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Jim Denning

Senator Jim Denning, Republican from Overland Park KS, representing KS Senate District 8 is Vice-Chair-Ways & Means Committee.

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Mitch Holmes

Senator Mitch Holmes, Republican from St. John KS, representing KS Senate District 33 is Chair-Ethics and Elections Committee.

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Dan Kerschen

Senator Dan Kerschen, Republican from Garden Plain KS, representing KS Senate District 26 is Vice-Chair-Agriculture Committee.

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Jeff King

Senator Jeff King, Republican from Independence KS, representing KS Senate District 15 is Chair-Judiciary Committee.

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Forrest Knox

Senator Forrest Knox, Republican from Altoona KS, representing KS Senate District 14 is Vice-Chair-Corrections & Juvenile Justice Committee.

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Ty Masterson

Senator Ty Masterson, Republican from Andover KS, representing KS Senate District 16 is Chair- Ways and Means Committee.

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Ralph Ostmeyer

Senator Ralph Ostmeyer, Republican from Grinnell KS, representing KS Senate District 40 is Chair-Federal and State Affairs Committee.

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Mike Petersen

Senator Mike Petersen, Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS Senate District 28 is Chair - Transportation Committee.

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Mary Pilcher-Cook

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, Republican from Shawnee KS, representing KS Senate District 10 is Chair-Public Health & Welfare Committee.

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Larry Powell

Senator Larry Powell, Republican from Garden City KS, representing KS Senate District 39 is Chair- Natural Resources Committee.

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Dennis Pyle

Senator Dennis Pyle, Republican from Hiawatha KS, representing KS Senate District 1 is Chair- Local Government Committee.

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House Members and House Committee Leadership (with blue borders, Chairs darker and Vice-Chairs lighter)

Steve Alford

Representative Steve Alford, is a Republican from Ulysses KS, representing KS House District 124 is Vice-Chair-Utilities & Telecom. Committee.

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John Barker

Representative John Barker, a Republican from Abilene KS, representing KS House District 70 is Chair-Legislative Post Audit Committee.

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John Bradford

Representative John Bradford, is a Republican from Lansing KS, representing KS House District 40.

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Rob Bruchman

Representative Rob Bruchman, a Republican from Leawood KS, representing KS House District 20 is Vice-Chair-Insurance Committee.

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Steve Brunk

Representative Steve Brunk, a Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS House District 85 is Chair-Federal and State Affairs.

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Will Carpenter

Representative Will Carpenter, Republican from El Dorado KS, representing KS House District 75 is Chair-Social Services Budget Committee.

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Susan Concannon

Representative Susan Concannon, a Republican from Beloit KS, representing KS House District 107 is Vice-Chair-Health and Human Services.

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Erin Davis

Representative Erin Davis, is a Republican from Olathe KS, representing KS House District 15.

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Pete DeGraaf

Representative Pete DeGraaf, a Republican from Mulvane KS, representing KS House District 82 is Chair-Financial Institutions Committee.

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Bud Estes

Representative Bud Estes, is a Republican from Dodge City KS, representing KS House District 119.

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Ramon Gonzalez

Representative Ramon Gonzalez, Republican from Perry KS, representing KS House District 47 is Vice-Chair-Corrections & Juvenile Justice Committee.

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Amanda Grosserode

Rep. Amanda Grosserode, Republican from Lenexa KS, representing KS House District 16 is Chair-Education Budget Committee.

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Dan Hawkins

Representative Daniel Hawkins, a Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS House District 100 is Chair-Health and Human Services Committee.

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Dennis Hedke

Representative Dennis Hedke, a Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS House District 99 is Chair-Energy & Environment Committee.

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Ron Highland

Representative Ron Highland, a Republican from Wamego KS, representing KS House District 51 is Chair-Education Committee.

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Kyle Hoffman

Representative Kyle Hoffman, Republican from Coldwater KS, representing KS House District 116 is Chair-Agriculture & Natural Resources Budget.

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Steve Huebert

Representative Steve Huebert, Republican from Valley Center KS, representing KS House District 90 is Chair- Local Government Committee.

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Kevin Jones

Representative Kevin Jones, is a Republican from Wellsville KS, representing KS House District 5.

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Marvin Kleeb

Representative Marvin Kleeb, a Republican from Overland Park KS, representing KS House District 48 is Chair-Taxation Committee.

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Jerry Lunn

Representative Jerry Lunn, a Republican from Overland Park KS, representing KS House District 28 is Vice-Chair-Education Committee.

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Charles Macheers

Representative Charles Macheers, a Republican from Shawnee KS, representing KS House District 39 is Vice-Chair-Judiciary Committee.

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Marc Rhoades

Representative Marc Rhoades, is a Republican from Newton KS, representing KS House District 72.

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John Rubin

Representative John Rubin, Republican from Shawnee KS, representing KS House District 18 is Chair-Corrections & Juvenile Justice Committee.

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Ron Ryckman Jr.

Representative Ron Ryckman Jr., a Republican from Olathe KS, representing KS House District 78 is Chair-Appropriations Committee.

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Scott Schwab

Representative Scott Schwab, a Republican from Olathe KS, representing KS House District 49 is Chair-Insurance Committee.

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Sharon Schwartz

Representative Sharon Schwartz, Republican from Washington KS, representing KS House District 106 is Chair-Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee.

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Joe Seiwert

Representative Joe Seiwert, Republican from Pretty Prairie KS, representing KS House District 101 is Chair-Utilities & Telecom. Committee.

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Gene Suellentrop

Representative Gene Suellentrop, a Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS House District 91 is Vice-Chair-Taxation Committee.

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James Todd

Representative James Todd, Republican from Overland Park KS, representing KS House District 29 is Chair-Joint Committee on Special Claims.

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Troy Waymaster

Representative Troy Waymaster, Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS House District 109 is Chair-General Government Budget Committee.

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Almost all of the committees in the 2015 Kansas legislative are chaired by members who are part of ALEC. These individuals control which legislation is able to be moved out of committee for consideration by the full bodies of the Kansas legislature. If they don't like a bill, it never gets a chance to be considered by the full body.

Even if a committee chair brings up a bill for a vote in committee and it passes there, ALEC members in the senior leadership can (and do) still block progression of the bill to a floor vote. Of course, the Governor can still veto bills that get past the first two levels of ALEC gatekeepers.

On the flip side, ALEC supported bills (or their alternative bills to mainstream legislation) can (and do) get preferential treatment from the ALEC gatekeepers moving bills through the Legislative process.

At least, 8 of the top 10 Kansas legislative leaders in 2015 (80%) are part of ALEC including the heads of both the Kansas Senate and the Kansas House of Representatives. These individuals control which legislation is able to be voted on by the legislature. If they don't like a bill, it never gets a chance to be voted on.

We don't know if the other two leaders are part of ALEC, since ALEC's legislative membership is kept secret.

Legislative Body Leadership (with gold borders)

Susan Wagle

Senator Susan Wagle, Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS Senate District 30 is President of the Senate.

Ray Merrick

Representative Ray Merrick, a Republican from Stilwell KS, representing KS House District 27 is Speaker of the House.

Peggy Mast

Representative Peggy Mast, a Republican from Emporia KS, representing KS House District 76 is Speaker Pro Tem.

Terry Bruce

Senator Terry Bruce, Republican from Hutchinson KS, representing KS Senate District 34 is Senate Majority Leader.

Julia Lynn

Senator Julia Lynn, Republican from Olathe KS, representing KS Senate District 9 is Senate Assistant Majority Leader.

Mario Goico

Representative Mario Goico, a Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS House District 94 is House Assistant Majority Leader.

Garrett Love

Senator Garrett Love, Republican from Montezuma KS, representing KS Senate District 38 is Senate Majority Whip.

Willie Dove

Representative Willie Dove, a Republican from Bonner Springs KS, representing KS House District 38 is House Majority Whip.

Almost all of the committees in the Kansas legislative are chaired by members who are part of ALEC. These individuals control which legislation is able to be moved out of committee for consideration by the full bodies of the Kansas legislature. If they don't like a bill, it never gets a chance to be considered by the full body.

Even if a committee chair brings up a bill for a vote in committee and it passes there, ALEC members in the senior leadership can (and do) still block progression of the bill to a floor vote. Of course, the Governor can still veto bills that get past the first two levels of ALEC gatekeepers.

On the flip side, ALEC supported bills (or their alternative bills to mainstream legislation) can (and do) get preferential treatment from the ALEC gatekeepers moving bills through the Legislative process..

Senators and Senate Committee Leadership (with blue borders, Chairs darker and Vice-Chairs lighter)

Elaine Bowers

Senator Elaine Bowers, Republican from Concordia KS, representing KS Senate District 36 is Vice-Chair-Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee.

Jim Denning

Senator Jim Denning, Republican from Overland Park KS, representing KS Senate District 8 is Vice-Chair-Ways & Means Committee.

Mitch Holmes

Senator Mitch Holmes, Republican from St. John KS, representing KS Senate District 33 is Chair-Ethics and Elections Committee.

Dan Kerschen

Senator Dan Kerschen, Republican from Garden Plain KS, representing KS Senate District 26 is Vice-Chair-Agriculture Committee.

Jeff King

Senator Jeff King, Republican from Independence KS, representing KS Senate District 15 is Chair-Judiciary Committee.

Forrest Knox

Senator Forrest Knox, Republican from Altoona KS, representing KS Senate District 14 is Vice-Chair-Corrections & Juvenile Justice Committee.

Ty Masterson

Senator Ty Masterson, Republican from Andover KS, representing KS Senate District 16 is Chair- Ways and Means Committee.

Ralph Ostmeyer

Senator Ralph Ostmeyer, Republican from Grinnell KS, representing KS Senate District 40 is Chair-Federal and State Affairs Committee.

Mike Petersen

Senator Mike Petersen, Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS Senate District 28 is Chair - Transportation Committee.

Mary Pilcher-Cook

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, Republican from Shawnee KS, representing KS Senate District 10 is Chair-Public Health & Welfare Committee.

Larry Powell

Senator Larry Powell, Republican from Garden City KS, representing KS Senate District 39 is Chair- Natural Resources Committee.

Dennis Pyle

Senator Dennis Pyle, Republican from Hiawatha KS, representing KS Senate District 1 is Chair- Local Government Committee.

House Members and House Committee Leadership (with blue borders, Chairs darker and Vice-Chairs lighter)

Steve Alford

Representative Steve Alford, is a Republican from Ulysses KS, representing KS House District 124 is Vice-Chair-Utilities & Telecom. Committee.

John Barker

Representative John Barker, a Republican from Abilene KS, representing KS House District 70 is Chair-Legislative Post Audit Committee.

John Bradford

Representative John Bradford, is a Republican from Lansing KS, representing KS House District 40.

Rob Bruchman

Representative Rob Bruchman, a Republican from Leawood KS, representing KS House District 20 is Vice-Chair-Insurance Committee.

Steve Brunk

Representative Steve Brunk, a Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS House District 85 is Chair-Federal and State Affairs.

Will Carpenter

Representative Will Carpenter, Republican from El Dorado KS, representing KS House District 75 is Chair-Social Services Budget Committee.

Susan Concannon

Representative Susan Concannon, a Republican from Beloit KS, representing KS House District 107 is Vice-Chair-Health and Human Services.

Erin Davis

Representative Erin Davis, is a Republican from Olathe KS, representing KS House District 15.

Pete DeGraaf

Representative Pete DeGraaf, a Republican from Mulvane KS, representing KS House District 82 is Chair-Financial Institutions Committee.

Bud Estes

Representative Bud Estes, is a Republican from Dodge City KS, representing KS House District 119.

Ramon Gonzalez

Representative Ramon Gonzalez, Republican from Perry KS, representing KS House District 47 is Vice-Chair-Corrections & Juvenile Justice Committee.

Amanda Grosserode

Rep. Amanda Grosserode, Republican from Lenexa KS, representing KS House District 16 is Chair-Education Budget Committee.

Dan Hawkins

>Representative Daniel Hawkins, a Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS House District 100 is Chair-Health and Human Services Committee.

Dennis Hedke

Representative Dennis Hedke, a Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS House District 99 is Chair-Energy & Environment Committee.

Ron Highland

Representative Ron Highland, a Republican from Wamego KS, representing KS House District 51 is Chair-Education Committee.

Kyle Hoffman

Representative Kyle Hoffman, Republican from Coldwater KS, representing KS House District 116 is Chair-Agriculture & Natural Resources Budget.

Steve Huebert

Representative Steve Huebert, Republican from Valley Center KS, representing KS House District 90 is Chair- Local Government Committee.

Kevin Jones

Representative Kevin Jones, is a Republican from Wellsville KS, representing KS House District 5.

Marvin Kleeb

Representative Marvin Kleeb, a Republican from Overland Park KS, representing KS House District 48 is Chair-Taxation Committee.

Jerry Lunn

Representative Jerry Lunn, a Republican from Overland Park KS, representing KS House District 28 is Vice-Chair-Education Committee.

Charles Macheers

Representative Charles Macheers, a Republican from Shawnee KS, representing KS House District 39 is Vice-Chair-Judiciary Committee.

Marc Rhoades

Representative Marc Rhoades, is a Republican from Newton KS, representing KS House District 72.

John Rubin

Representative John Rubin, Republican from Shawnee KS, representing KS House District 18 is Chair-Corrections & Juvenile Justice Committee.

Ron Ryckman Jr.

Representative Ron Ryckman Jr., a Republican from Olathe KS, representing KS House District 78 is Chair-Appropriations Committee.

Scott Schwab

Representative Scott Schwab, a Republican from Olathe KS, representing KS House District 49 is Chair-Insurance Committee.

Sharon Schwartz

Representative Sharon Schwartz, Republican from Washington KS, representing KS House District 106 is Chair-Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee.

Joe Seiwert

Representative Joe Seiwert, Republican from Pretty Prairie KS, representing KS House District 101 is Chair-Utilities & Telecom. Committee.

Gene Suellentrop

Representative Gene Suellentrop, a Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS House District 91 is Vice-Chair-Taxation Committee.

James Todd

Representative James Todd, Republican from Overland Park KS, representing KS House District 29 is Chair-Joint Committee on Special Claims.

Troy Waymaster

Representative Troy Waymaster, Republican from Wichita KS, representing KS House District 109 is Chair-General Government Budget Committee.