Governor Laura Kelly
- 47TH GOVERNOR OF KANSAS
- SWORN IN: JANUARY 31, 2018
- SECOND TERM
- NEXT ELECTION: NOVEMBER 2026 (Term Limited)
- Over 1,000 Early Childhood Providers and Stakeholders Call on Legislature to Support Governor Kelly’s Budget Proposals February 28, 2024Over 1,000 Early Childhood Providers and Stakeholders Call on Legislature to Support Governor Kelly’s Budget Proposals TOPEKA – Since Governor Laura Kelly introduced her budget in January, over 1,000 Kansas early childhood providers and stakeholders from all 105 counties have called on the legislature to support her budget proposal, a historic $56 million investment in […]
- Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $16.5M for Short Line Rail Projects to Improve Agricultural Supply Chain February 21, 2024Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $16.5M for Short Line Rail Projects to Improve Agricultural Supply Chain TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that nearly $16.5 million will go toward 17 short line rail expansion and rehabilitation projects. These investments, made through the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Rail Service Improvement Program (RSIP), will improve the state’s […]
- Governor Kelly Directs Flags be Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl Rally Shooting Victim February 20, 2024Governor Kelly Directs Flags be Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl Rally Shooting Victim TOPEKA— Today, Governor Laura Kelly directed flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, February 24, 2024, in honor of Elizabeth “Lisa” Lopez-Galvan, a Kansan who died in the shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs’ […]
Governor Laura Kelly 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 as a four-term state senator and now in her second term as the 48th Governor of the State of Kansas.
In her first term, Governor Kelly worked with both parties to balance the budget, fully fund schools, repair the state’s infrastructure, reform the child welfare system, and break records for business investment and job creation. She ended her first term with the largest budget surplus in history – even while cutting taxes for working families.
After putting Kansas back on track, Governor Kelly was re-elected to a second term, which began on January 9, 2023.
Governor Kelly has set a North Star for her second term – to make Kansas the best place in the country to raise a family – and has prioritized expanding affordable healthcare, supporting early childhood development, and continuing to spread prosperity to every corner of the state.
Governor Kelly and her husband Ted Daughety, MD, have been married since 1983. They have two grown daughters, Molly Daughety, MD, Kathleen Daughety and her husband Mathias Weiden, and one grandchild, Laura “Rory” Weiden.