Dennis E. Hedke is a partner in the firm Hedke-Saenger Geoscience, Ltd., where he is a consulting geophysicist and conducts research related to earth’s climate, as well as policies that relate to energy and environmental interactions. He also served six years in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2011-16, the last four of which he was Chairman of the House Energy & Environment Committee. That committee initiated legislation that ultimately succeeded in reversing policy that mandated the expansion of renewable energy in the State of Kansas, resulting in restoration of free-market principles for electrical energy production. He has published multiple scientific articles related to seismic technology applied to oil and gas exploration and development.
He has consulted for numerous companies engaged in hydrocarbon exploration and development in North America, South America, Africa and the Middle East. He has been an invited lecturer and panelist at Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, Wichita State University , community colleges and high schools. He is past president of the Geophysical Society of Kansas, and of the Kansas Geological Society. He has served as a Board member of the Kansas Geological Foundation and holds active memberships in the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Denver Geophysical Society and the Geophysical Society of Houston.