February 12, 2016

UPDATED: Kiegerl seeks fifth term

UPDATE: Kiegerl has officially filed for re-election.

“After careful consideration and consultation with my family and doctors I have decided to file for my fifth and final term to represent the new 43rd District,” Kiegerl said. “Health issues have not prevented my performance during the last session. I have a perfect attendance record this year and have taken on additional duties by accepting the chairmanship of the committee for children and family issues.”

 The conservative lawmaker suffered a mild stroke during the 2011 legislative session and has undergone a period of successful rehabilitation. He has been a major advocate for children’s issues during his years in the Legislature.

“While we passed important legislation, especially benefitting autistic and disabled kids this year, much work remains,” he said. “I will continue to act as a spokesman for the most needy among us, and I look forward to being part of the new leadership team should you return me to the House next January.”

Original post:

 Mark Taylor
Rep. Mike Kiegerl (R-Olathe) has announced that he will decide by June 10 whether to seek re-election to the 43rd District.
However, if re-elected, Kiegerl may serve in a separate district from Gardner after representative boundaries are redrawn.
Gardner residents Bill Sutton and Dan Thompson have filed to represent Gardner’s district.
Kiegerl, who suffered a stroke in early 2011, said he has the blessings of his family, doctors and colleagues to run for another term if that is his choice.
“I’ve spoken at great length with my saintly wife who is little help because she is supportive of either decision, as is the rest of my family,” he said in a recent newsletter.  “My doctors are also encouraging. Two of them are personal friends who knowing my restless nature think I should remain active. I have also received much support from colleagues in the House and many of you have also voiced that I should do it. This is good for the ego and flattering.”
Kiegerl said he was concerned about his “physical condition which takes its toll from the long hours and the daily two-and-a-half hour commute.”
“But if the past two weeks did not kill me, I’ll probably survive another term,” he said. “It’s all in God’s hands anyhow. I am grateful to have recovered from my stroke, having kept my understanding, and on the whole I feel fine.”
He also cited financial concerns.
“I have largely financed my past four elections and I spent $42,000 of my money so far (for a job that pays $17,000 – pretty smart?),” he said.  “I have never asked anyone for money, all contributions I got were unsolicited, but with grandchildren going to college I will need to raise funds, which bothers me a lot.”
Kiegerl added, “The 2012 session was strenuous and I took on leadership responsibilities by accepting the chairmanship of a committee. Once again I have a perfect attendance record and I love the job.
“Therefore, unless the court makes major changes in the 43rd District, I intend to file. Then it’s up to God and the voters to decide where I’ll spend next Spring.”


  1. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    As of 6:30pm today, the Kansas Secretary of State website still lists Bill Sutton and Dan Thompson as the only House District 43 candidates. District 8 does not appear on the spreadsheet.


  2. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    A new pilot program approved by the Judicial Conference, the policy-making entity for the federal courts, allows some cases to be recorded and then posted online for later viewing.

    At its September 2010 session, the conference authorized a three-year pilot project to evaluate the effect of cameras in district court courtrooms, video recordings of proceedings, and publication of such video recordings. The pilot is limited to civil cases only. Proceedings may be recorded only with the approval of the presiding judge, and parties must consent to the recording of each proceeding in a case. Unless the presiding judge decides not to make the recordings publicly available, they will subsequently be posted on the U.S. Courts website, as well as on local participating court websites at the court’s discretion. The pilot will be studied by the Federal Judicial Center.

    Participating in the pilot program, which began June 18, 2011, are fourteen courts including District of Kansas, Eastern District of Missouri and District of Nebraska.

    To watch the redistricting case, probably available next week, go to http://www.uscourts.gov/multimedia/cameras/player.aspx, and select the Kansas channel.

    After checking other cases today, it appears to me that the videos are posted about five days after the date of the trial. Because the cameras are controlled by the court, do not involve criminal trials and viewing of video is delayed, cases that are part of the pilot project may not appeal to “Live, Late-Breaking, Investigatory” television news.

  3. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    Current map of Kansas House District 43:

  4. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    Rep. Mike O’Neal announced Friday that he is stepping down as speaker of the Kansas House, a decision that ends his 28 years in the Legislature but not necessarily his career in public office.
    Addressing the House at the ceremonial close of the 2012 session, O’Neal thanked his colleagues and urged them to continue to respect the legislative process. :)


  5. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    Update: Mike Kiegerl is now officially a candidate for the 43rd District. (see link on first comment above)

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