Governor Laura Kelly
- Governor Laura Kelly Appoints Rebecca Faurot to Fill Judicial Vacancy in the 25th Judicial District November 21, 2022Governor Laura Kelly Appoints Rebecca Faurot to Fill Judicial Vacancy in the 25th Judicial District TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today appointed Rebecca Faurot of Scott City to the judgeship position in the 25th Judicial District. The position was created by the retirement of Judge Wendel Wurst. “Faurot is a level-headed and dedicated public servant,” Governor […]
- Governor Laura Kelly Congratulates Recipients of Annual Minority and Women Business Awards November 18, 2022Governor Laura Kelly Congratulates Recipients of Annual Minority and Women Business Awards TOPEKA – Minority- and woman-owned businesses were honored this week as part of Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development hosted its 37th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at the Hotel Topeka at […]
- Governor Laura Kelly Recognizes Johnson County Disability Advocate November 17, 2022Governor Laura Kelly Recognizes Johnson County Disability Advocate ~~Announces Recipient of Michael Lechner Advocacy Award~~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that The Mission Project, an organization in Mission, Kansas, that supports independent living for adults with developmental disabilities, has received the Michael Lechner Advocacy Award. The annual award, presented by the Kansas Commission on […]
- 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.