Jim Gartner
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
from the 53rd district
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Preceded byAnnie Tietze
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
EducationWashburn University (BBA)
Military service
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Battles/warsVietnam War

Jim Gartner is an American politician and retired businessman serving as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives from the 53rd district. Elected in 2016, he assumed office on January 9, 2017.


Gartner earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Washburn University in 1974.[1]


Prior to entering politics, Gartner worked as an employee of Southwestern Bell for 30 years, retiring as vice president of external affairs. He served in the United States Marine Corps for three years during the Vietnam War.[2] Gartner also served as a member and president of the Auburn–Washburn USD 437.

In 2016, Gartner was selected by 53rd district Democratic precinct committee-members to replace Annie Tietze in a special election. Gartner was later elected to a full term in November 2016.[3] Since 2019, he has served as a minority whip of the Kansas House of Representatives.[4]

Personal life

Gartner lives in Topeka, Kansas.[5]


  1. ^ "Jim Gartner – Democrat for Kansas House, District 53". KSN-TV. 2020-09-06. Retrieved 2020-12-18.
  2. ^ "C-J Election guide: Meet Jim Gartner running for 53rd District in the Kansas House". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 2020-12-18.
  3. ^ Leon, Daniela. "Jim Gartner to replace Rep. Annie Tietze in legislature". wibw. Retrieved 2020-12-18.
  4. ^ Jim Gartner's Biography
  5. ^ "DHS briefs Kansas lawmakers on business, agriculture threats". AP NEWS. 2020-01-14. Retrieved 2020-12-18.