Leslie Osterman

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Kansas State Representative
Leslie G. Osterman
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Widower of Deloris D. Osterman
Religion Non-denominational Christian

Leslie G. Osterman (born July 29, 1947) is a retired health systems analyst from Wichita, Kansas, who is a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives from District 97 in southwestern Wichita County. First elected on November 2, 2010, Osterman lost races for the same seat in 2000 and 2008, when he ran as a Democrat.[1]

Having switched parties, new Republican Osterman in 2010 unseated the veteran Democratic Representative Dale Swenson, 2,341 (53.8 percent) to 2,007 (46.2 percent). According to Osterman's website, Swenson supported an 18 percent increase in state taxes and a 10 percent hike in the Kansas state budget. Swenson also opposed joining twenty-nine other states in filing legal challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law in 2010 by U.S. President Barack Obama.[2]


Osterman was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming,[1] to Albert Osterman, Jr. (1923-2011), and the late Edith L. Osterman. His father was a World War II veteran, a municipal employee in Cheyenne, and also worked for several construction companies in Wyoming and Colorado.[3] Osterman graduated in 1966 from Central High School in Cheyenne.[4]

Osterman served in the United States Navy, having retired at the rank of chief petty officer. He was wounded in the Vietnam War.[5] In 1991, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in health science and hospital management[6] from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. He moved to Kansas in 1986.[6] Since 1993, he has been affiliated with Preferred Health Systems in Wichita.[1]

Osterman is the widower of Deloris D. Osterman[6] (1935-2003)[7] and has a daughter, Dee. In 2011, he was engaged to Louise Meade.[6] He has a brother, Albert Osterman, III, of Longmont, Colorado, and a sister, Margaret Ann Osterman. A second brother was Jerry Leon Osterman (1949-1993) of Fort Collins, Colorado.[3] Osterman is a non-denominational Christian.[1] He is also active in Lions International and the Masonic lodge.[6]

Legislative record

Osterman serves on these House committees: (1) Commerce and Economic Development, (2) Education, and (3) Judiciary.[1] In 2011, Osterman was given an "A" rating by the National Rifle Association.[8]

Early in the 2011 session, the conservative Osterman introduced a bill to repeal the state law which grants residency for tuition purposes to certain aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States. A Texas law of this same kind has been defended in the 2012 presidential contest by Governor Rick Perry. Though Osterman's bill passed the House, it died before the State and Federal Affairs Committee of the Kansas State Senate.[9] Strongly pro-life,[10] Osterman introduced legislation to amend laws relating to late-term and partial-birth abortion in Kansas. The bill passed in both houses and was signed into law on April 12, 2011, by Republican Governor Sam Brownback.[11]

The freshman lawmaker also obtained approval of a bill to require photographic identification by voters at the precinct, a measure also adopted in Texas in 2011 and signed into law by Governor Perry. The Kansas bill was signed by Governor Brownback on April 18, 2011.[12] Osterman also pushed for a law the Kansas Health Care Freedom Act, which would have exempted the state from the federal health-care law. The measure was withdrawn from the House calendar on February 23, 2011, and sent to the Appropriations Committee.[13] Osterman's proposal to phase out over five years the state income tax on corporations in Kansas was referred to the House Committee on Taxation on February 7, 2011, pending further review.[14]

Vietnam War veteran Osterman in 2011 convinced his House colleagues to pass a resolution calling upon the U.S. Congress to provide "equal benefits and compensation" for the treatment of exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange, including those who served both within and outside Vietnam.[15]

2012 election

In the Republican primary held on August 7, 2012, Osterman narrowly led Jeff Blubaugh, a real estate broker and investor, 51 to 49 percent.[16] Blubaugh is a Quaker, a graduate of Friends University in Wichita, and a member of the school board in Goddard, Kansas.[5] In the November 6 general election Osterman again defeated Dale Swenson, the Democrat whom he unseated in 2010.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Representative Leslie Osterman (Kansas). votesmart.org. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  2. Leslie Osterman for House of Representatives. osterman4house.com/issues. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Obituary of Albert Osterman, Jr.. Cheyenne Wyoming Eagle Tribune. Retrieved on October 10, 2011.
  4. Leslie Osterman. classmates.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jeff Blubaugh faces Leslie Osterman in House District 97. kansas.com. Retrieved on August 8, 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 About Leslie Osterman. osterman4house.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  7. Social Security Death Index. ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  8. Representative Leslie Osterman (Kansas). votesmart.org/issue. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  9. HB2006. kslegislature.org. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  10. Leslie Osterman. osterman4house.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  11. HB2035. kslegislature.org. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  12. HB2067. kslegislature.org. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  13. HB2129. kslegislature.org. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  14. HB2156. kslegislature.org. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  15. Tim Carpenter, "The Stain of Agent Orange", March 10, 2011. Topeka Capital- Journal. Retrieved on October 12, 2011.
  16. Fred Mann, "Kansas House roundup". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved on August 8, 2012.