Leslie Osterman

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Leslie G. Osterman

Kansas State Representative
for District 97
In office
January 2011 – January 2019
Preceded by Dale Swenson
Succeeded by Nick Hoheisel

Born July 29, 1947
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Political party Democrat-turned-Republican (2010)
Spouse(s) Widower of Deloris D. Osterman
Children Dee Osterman ___
Residence Wichita, Kansas
Alma mater Central High School (Cheyenne)

[[George Washington
(Washington, D.C.)

Occupation Retired health systems analyst
Religion Non-denominational Christian

Military Service
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Chief Petty Officer
Battles/wars Wounded in Vietnam War

Leslie G. Osterman (born July 29, 1947) is a retired health systems analyst in Wichita, Kansas, who is a Republican former member of the Kansas House of Representatives for 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] In 1993, he joined Preferred Health Systems in Wichita.[1]

Osterman is the widower of Deloris D. Osterman[6] (1935-2003) and has a daughter, Dee. In 2011, he was engaged to Louise Meade[6]but it is unclear if they ever married. 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[edit]

Osterman served 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.[7]

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 of Texas. Though Osterman's bill passed the House, it died before the State and Federal Affairs Committee of the Kansas State Senate.[8] He supported legislation to amend laws relating to late-term and partial-birth abortions in Kansas. The bill passed in both houses and was signed into law on April 12, 2011, by Republican Governor Sam Brownback.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13]

2012 election[edit]

In the Republican primary held on August 7, 2012, Osterman narrowly led Jeff Blubaugh (born 1972) a real estate broker and investor, 51 to 49 percent.[14] 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.

Osterman did not seek reelection in 2018 and was succeeded in the House by another Republican, Nick Hoheisel. In 2020, he unsuccessfully challenged Hoheisel in a comeback attempt.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Representative Leslie Osterman (Kansas). votesmart.org. Retrieved on March 5, 2021.
  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; information no longer accessible lon-line.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jeff Blubaugh faces Leslie Osterman in House District 97. kansas.com. Retrieved on August 8, 2012; material no longer on-line.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 About Leslie Osterman. osterman4house.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2011; material no longer on-line.
  7. Representative Leslie Osterman (Kansas). Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on March 5, 2021.
  8. HB2006. kslegislature.org. Retrieved on October 11, 201; material no longer on-line.
  9. HB2035. kslegislature.org. Retrieved on October 11, 2011; no longer accessible on-line.
  10. HB2067. kslegislature.org. Retrieved on October 11, 2011; material no longer on-line.
  11. HB2129. kslegislature.org. Retrieved on October 11, 2011; material no longer on-line.
  12. HB2156. kslegislature.org. Retrieved on October 11, 2011; no longer accessible on-line.
  13. Tim Carpenter, "The Stain of Agent Orange, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 10, 2011.
  14. Fred Mann, "Kansas House roundup," The Wichita Eagle,''|accessed August 8, 2012; no longer accessible on-line.