Meet Jim Barnett…
Jim Barnett grew up on his family’s farm on the edge of the Flint Hills and loved helping with the work. He graduated from Reading High School and earned a degree in Chemistry from Emporia State University.
Jim attended the University of Kansas Medical School where he received his Doctorate in Medicine. He completed his internship and residency training at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
After completing training, Jim settled in Emporia and worked as a full-time internal medicine doctor. His experience in the medical profession created a desire to help his community in other ways.
Jim served on the Emporia School Board for eight years and was President for four of those years. He was also active in the Emporia Area Chamber, Rotary International and his local Baptist church.
Jim served as a state senator from 2001 to 2010, representing Emporia and the surrounding area. In 2006, Barnett was the Republican nominee for governor.
Jim currently practices medicine at the Cotton O’Neil Clinic with Stormont Vail Health in Topeka, Kansas. He is President of the Shawnee County Medical Society and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kansas Medical Society. Jim has two adult children, Blake and Chelsea. He and his wife Rosie reside in Topeka.
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