Governor Laura Kelly
- Governor Laura Kelly Signs Bipartisan Bill to Extend Executive Orders, Providing Relief for Health Care WorkersGovernor Laura Kelly Signs Bipartisan Bill to Extend Executive Orders, Providing Relief for Health Care Workers January 21, 2022Governor Laura Kelly Signs Bipartisan Bill to Extend Executive Orders, Providing Relief for Health Care Workers TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly signed House Bill 2477, which extends provisions in Executive Orders 22-01 and 22-02 until January 20, 2023. HB 2477 allows staffing flexibility at health care and long-term care facilities throughout the state to address staffing shortages that continue to strain the health care system. “This legislation will mitigate the shortage of health care providers while we deal with […]
- Governor Laura Kelly Orders Flags Lowered McPherson County in Honor of EMT Randall Willems January 19, 2022Governor Laura Kelly Orders Flags Lowered McPherson County in Honor of EMT Randall Willems TOPEKA – In accordance with Executive Order #20-30, Governor Laura Kelly orders flags throughout McPherson County to be flown at half-staff from sunup to sundown on Thursday, January 20, 2022 in honor of McPherson Emergency Medical Technician, Randall Willems, who died […]
- Governor Opens Nominations for Exporter of the Year Award January 13, 2022Governor Opens Nominations for Exporter of the Year Award TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the call for nominations for the 2022 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. The Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award is the highest honor the Governor of Kansas awards to exporting businesses. Exporters of the Year are considered best […]
- 47TH GOVERNOR OF KANSAS
- SWORN IN: JANUARY 31, 2018
- FIRST TERM
- NEXT ELECTION: NOVEMBER 2018
Laura Kelly was sworn in as the 48th governor of the State of Kansas on January 14, 2019.
Laura grew up in a career military family where she learned the importance of service, integrity and accountability. She has made it her life’s work to fight for children and families on the job, in her community, and as a four-term state senator.
As the long-time leader of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association, Laura advocated for public parks across the state. She was a leading voice in promoting healthy families and communities and improving the quality of life in Kansas through top-notch parks and recreation services. In earlier jobs, she fought to improve mental health services and helped patients live healthy, more productive lives.
Laura was elected to the Kansas Senate in 2004. She immediately built a reputation as a no-nonsense leader who could work with anyone to get things done. After just two years, she was asked to serve as the Ranking Minority member of the important Ways and Means Committee. She has advocated for fiscally responsible, balanced budgets that still reflect the priorities of Kansas communities, like schools, health care, roads and public safety. Laura was a key player in the establishment and funding of the Early Childhood Development Block Grants, which have helped thousands of Kansas children enter kindergarten ready to learn.
As governor, Laura will bring people together to rebuild Kansas and increase the efficiency of state government. She will work to expand early childhood education and public school funding to give all Kansas kids – no matter where they live – the opportunity to succeed. She will work with lawmakers to expand Medicaid to make affordable healthcare more accessible and support rural hospitals and clinics. And she will balance the budget without new taxes.
Laura is ready to bring people together and lead Kansas in the next chapter.
Laura and her husband Ted Daughety, a doctor of pulmonary and sleep disorders, live in Topeka and have been married for 34 years. They have two grown daughters, Kathleen and Molly Daughety.