Kansas elections season is a year off, but things are already picking up steam. In 2020 all 125 House seats are up for elections as are all 40 Kansas state senate seats. However, the top of the ticket race will be the U.S. Senate seat, where Republicans have dominated. It has been four score and seven years since Kansas sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate.
However, Kansas Democrats believe 2020 might be there year. See; https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article227036984.html
They hope to use the Kelly election as momentum in 2020 and hope that a similar opponent awaits them in the general election. See; https://time.com/5622334/kobach-runs-for-senate/; See also; https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/451971-kris-kobach-to-run-for-senate-in-kansas
However, Kansas Republican have a diverse field of candidates to choose from, including current State Treasurer Jake LaTurner and Kobach’s former running mate, Wichita businessman Wink Hartman. It is also rumored that Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle and Kansas Chamber President Alan Cobb are considering their options. Let’s not forget Rep. Roger Marshall or Kansas AG Derek Schmidt. See; https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article223934475.html See also; https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/08/republicans-kobach-senate-run-1573348
On the state side, we will see some high-profile races where current House members seek a senate seat. At present we have Rep. Tom Cox running for the Senate seat held by Sen. Pilcher-Cook, and Rep. Brenda Dietrich running for a seat held by Sen. Eric Rucker. See; https://www.sos.ks.gov/elections/elections_upcoming_candidate_display.asp
These types of races create open seats in the House and allow freshman legislators to have a larger say in House leadership races. How this plays out remains to be seen, but we are sure to hear more about it over the next 12-16 months.
While it may be difficult to think about the 2020 Legislative Session when the 2019 Legislature has just completed its work, perseverance is necessary. Individual members, local bar associations, committees, and sections may all submit proposals. Each proposal will be reviewed by the appropriate section or committee before consideration. The deadline to submit proposals to the KBA is September 15th, 2019. Therefore, it is imperative that you begin drafting your proposal now and submitting it to the appropriate section.
The KBA Legislative Committee will meet this November to consider all legislative proposals for the 2020 session.
All proposals should be mailed to:
or emailed Joseph N. Molina @ email@example.com
Kansas Bar Association
1200 SW Harrison Street
Topeka, KS 66612