Jim Slattery

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Jim Slattery
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by James Jeffries
Succeeded by Sam Brownback
Personal details
Born (1948-08-04) August 4, 1948 (age 69)
Good Intent, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Linda Slattery
Alma mater Washburn University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Battles/wars Vietnam War

James Charles Slattery (born August 4, 1948) is an American politician. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1995 representing Kansas's 2nd congressional district as a Democrat, was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1994 and was the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator in 2008.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

After serving in the United States Army, Slattery earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Washburn University School of Law in 1974. While at Washburn, he was a member of the Kansas Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta. In 1982, Slattery was inducted into Washburn's prestigious Sagamore Society.

Prior to his election to the Congress, Slattery served in the Kansas House of Representatives, as a reserve Army officer and founded a successful[citation needed] real estate company.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

1982

Incumbent two term Republican Jim Jeffries of Kansas's 2nd congressional district decided to retire. Then-State Representative Slattery decided to run and defeated Republican nominee Morris Kay 57%-43%.[1]

1984

He won re-election to a second term against Jim Van Slyke with 60% of the vote, winning every county except Clay.[2]

1986–1990

Over the next few years, he won re-election with no problem in 1986 (71%),[3] 1988 (73%),[4] and 1990 (63%)[5]/

1992

After redistricting, he represented more counties in the southeastern part of the state. He defeated Jim Van Slyke 56%-41%. He performed strongly in the northern part of the district, but did poorly in the southern part, mostly new territory for Slattery. He lost two counties: Coffey and Linn while winning five counties with less than a 50% majority: Wilson, Woodson, Allen, Bourbon, and Franklin counties.[6][7]

Tenure[edit]

Slattery served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1995 in the Kansas delegation. He was a central player on many key issues, including environmental protection, health care, telecommunications, and budget cutting efforts. He worked to limit production of the B-2 bomber, and was the chief sponsor of the successful amendment to terminate spending on the Superconducting Super Collider in 1993.

Slattery gained success as a Democrat in a relatively conservative congressional district, Kansas's 2nd congressional district. He considered running for governor in 1990 against incumbent Gov. Mike Hayden, an unpopular governor following changes in property tax law. Slattery decided not to run in 1990, however, and Joan Finney became the first female governor of Kansas.

In 1993, Slattery orchestrated the House campaign that killed the Superconducting Super Collider.[8] The SSC would have been about three times as powerful as CERN's Large Hadron Collider, most notable for discovering a particle consistent with a Higgs boson.[9][10][11][12][13]

Committee assignments[edit]

Slattery served on the Energy & Commerce, Veterans' Affairs, Budget, and Banking Committees.

1994 Gubernatorial election[edit]

Finney served one term as governor and Slattery decided to run for the open governorship in 1994, stepping down from Congress. However, he faced Republican Bill Graves. Slattery lost that race, a victim of the Republican landslide of 1994.

Post-congressional career[edit]

Law career[edit]

Slattery lived in Virginia and was partner in a Washington, D.C. law firm, Wiley Rein LLP after his defeat. His youngest son, Mike, lives in Mission, Kansas. Mike was elected to the Kansas State House in 2008, defeating his Republican opponent Ronnie Metzker. Mike edged out fellow Democrat Andy Sandler by three votes in a hotly contested primary.

2008 U.S. Senate campaign[edit]

Slattery declared his intention to run for the United States Senate in March 2008[14] against incumbent Pat Roberts, and officially announced his run in a statewide tour on April 29.[15]

Slattery was defeated by Roberts. The loss was the 25th consecutive setback for Democrats running for U.S. Senate seats from Kansas (24 regular elections plus a 1996 special election following the resignation of Bob Dole). The state last elected a Democrat in 1932, George McGill, who lost his re-election bid in 1938.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Jeffries
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 2nd congressional district

1983–1995
Succeeded by
Sam Brownback
Party political offices
Preceded by
Joan Finney
Democratic nominee for Governor of Kansas
1994
Succeeded by
Tom Sawyer
Vacant
Title last held by
Sally Thompson
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Kansas
(Class 2)

2008
Succeeded by
Chad Taylor