About Boog

Boog-Highberger-46th-DistrictDennis “Boog” Highberger is an attorney at the Highberger Law Office in East Lawrence. He has a general civil practice with a sliding fee scale.

Boog served on the Lawrence City Commission from 2003 through 2009, and was mayor of Lawrence in 2005/2006. As a member of the commission, he worked to promote safe, walkable neighborhoods, energy conservation and environmental protection, affordable housing, equal rights, and social justice. In 1984 he served as student body vice-president of the University of Kansas as a member of the Costume Party.

He has lived in the 46th district for all but one of the last 43 years. He currently resides in East Lawrence in a house built in 1871, and he has lived in the Oread, Barker, Pinckney, Old West Lawrence, and Centennial neighborhoods, as well as downtown and on the KU campus.

Learn more about Boog in this article from the “Kansas Alumni Magazine”


  • State Representative, 2015-present
  • Mayor, City of Lawrence, 2005-2006
  • City Commissioner, City of Lawrence, 2003-2009
  • Student Body Vice-President, University of Kansas, 1984


  • Community Mercantile Co-op
  • GEM Farm Center, Inc. (Garnett, Kansas)
  • Free State Credit Union
  • Ozark Cooperative Warehouse (Fayetteville, Arkansas)


  • Kansas Sentencing Commission, member
  • Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns, member
  • Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, member
  • Lawrence Juneteenth Celebration organization, board member
  • Paper Plains literary festival, board member
  • Let’s Talk, board member
  • Douglas County Food Policy Council, member
  • Community Mercantile Education Foundation, board of directors
  • Sustainability Advisory Board (City of Lawrence), member
  • Independence, Inc., board of directors
  • Public Incentives Review Committee, member
  • East Lawrence Neighborhood Association, board of directors
  • USD 497 Elementary School Facility Vision Task Force, member
  • Bert Nash Endowment Foundation, trustee
  • Lawrence/Douglas County Bioscience Authority, board of directors
  • Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc., Lawrence advisory board
  • KU Legal Services for Students, board of directors
  • Headquarters, volunteer counselor, board of directors


  • Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD), 2016
  • Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute 2005