Over the course of his professional career as a writer, speaker, and consultant, The Honorable J. Basil Dannebohm has worked with an international clientele, including the software industry, real estate, radio, television, newspapers, magazines, religious and non-profit organizations, film festivals, tourism and entertainment venues.
In the summer of 2012 Basil was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Since that time, he has been an advocate for Parkinson’s Disease research, treatment and awareness.
Dannebohm is a sixth generation Kansan. His paternal great-great-great grandfather, George Dannebohm, settled in Stafford, Kansas in the late 1870’s. The Dannebohm family moved to Southern Barton County, near Ellinwood, Kansas, toward the end of the Nineteenth Century. His maternal great-great-great grandfather, Jacob Herrman, was a Volga German who was one of the founding fathers of Liebenthal, Kansas. In 2013, he returned to his “home on the range” after residing in California.
In 2015, he briefly served in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing the 113th District. Basil was the only non-incumbent to run unopposed during the 2014 election. He resigned due to health complications.
Dannebohm returned to his work as a writer, speaker, and consultant. Mindful of his health limitations, he accepts a limited number of clients and engagements.
Representative-Emeritus Dannebohm currently serves on the following boards and committees:
• Governor’s Appointee, Central Kansas Library System – Executive Committee
• Governor’s Appointee, Kansas Commission for Disability Concerns
• Co-Chairman, Heartland Farm Advisory Council (A ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace)