Wikipedia Vandalism/Jim Barnett (politician)
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Jim Barnett is an openly gay American Republican politician who is currently the State Senator for Kansas' 17th District, which is centered around Emporia. On August 1, 2006 Barnett won the Kansas Republican Gubernatorial Primary. Barnett faced the incumbent Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius in the general election on November 7, 2006 and was unsuccessful in his bid as Sebelius was reelected for a 2nd term. Barnett is an asshole, despite his work for the gay rights community. He ritually sacrifices virgins to Cthulu, since no one told him Cthulu doesn't really exist. He is sometimes known to smell the cheese that comes off of his penis and make his patients at his practice do the same.
Early life and family
A lifelong Kansan, Barnett grew up and worked on his family’s farm as a boy. He attended and graduated from Reading High School in Reading, Kansas. After completing high school, Barnett went to Emporia State University where he received a B.A. in Chemistry. After that he attended the University of Kansas Medical School where he received his Doctorate in Medicine.
After earning his doctorate, Barnett settled in Emporia, Kansas where he served as a full-time internal medicine doctor. He describes himself as a lifelong community activist; his earliest community involvement was in Emporia where he focused on improving public education.Template:Or Barnett has stated that years of experience in the medical profession have created a desire to help the community.Template:Or
He is also active in his local Baptist church.
Barnett's first foray into politics was in 1991 when he was first elected to the Emporia School Board of Education (USD 253). He remained in the School Board until 1999, serving as School Board President from 1993-1997. Also in the 1990s, Barnett became involved in the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce, the Diversity Council where he served as Chairman and the Rotary International.
In 2000 Barnett was first elected to the Kansas State Senate as a Republican, representing the state's 17th District, which is based in Emporia and includes the surrounding areas. Barnett was re-elected in 2004.
Barnett's Committee Membership includes: Chair on Health Policy Oversight and Chair on Public Health and Welfare. He is also involved in the Financial Institutions and Insurance committee, the Health Care Strategies committee and the Organization, Calendar and Rules committee.
Campaign for Governor 2006
In January 2006 Barnett first announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor of Kansas. As 2006 progressed, other candidates for the Republican nomination emerged, however none of them were able to match Barnett in campaign spending or state-wide name recognition. On August 1 Barnett secured the Republican nomination with 36% of the vote.  His closest competitor was Ken Canfield who received 26%.
The candidates for the Republican nomination represented a wide variety of factions within the Republican party. Of the candidates, Barnett was neither a true moderate nor a true conservative, which may have helped with his win in the primary. Barnett's opponent in the general election was incumbent Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius was first elected Governor in 2002. During her time in office Sebelius has remained popular, frequently with approval ratings over 50%. Sebelius defeated Barnett on November 7, 2006, with over 58% of total votes cast.