Governor Laura Kelly
- Governor Laura Kelly Visits Emporia to Highlight Improvements in Lifelong Care in Kansas June 22, 2022Governor Laura Kelly Visits Emporia to Highlight Improvements in Lifelong Care in Kansas EMPORIA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly highlighted the strides Kansas is making in lifelong care during visits to an early childhood development center and a senior care facility in Emporia. “We are focused on ensuring Kansans of all ages have the support […]
- Governor Laura Kelly Announces $53 Million in Appreciation Bonuses for Child Care Providers June 21, 2022Governor Laura Kelly Announces $53 Million in Appreciation Bonuses for Child Care Providers TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that her administration is giving a total of $53 million to eligible child care staff at licensed facilities as a reward for their incredibly essential, hard work. The funds will be made available through Child […]
- Kansas Hits Lowest Unemployment Rate in Recorded History June 20, 2022Kansas Hits Lowest Unemployment Rate in Recorded History TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today celebrated that Kansas hit the lowest unemployment rate in the state’s recorded history, at 2.3%. Unemployment continues to decline in the state, even as the unemployment rate nationally holds flat. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kansas has the sixth […]
- 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.