Governor-elect Laura Kelly
Laura Kelly was elected as the 48th governor of the State of Kansas on November 6, 2018. She will be sworn in 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 both Republicans and Democrats 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. At the height of the Great Recession, she and a Republican colleague spearheaded legislation to establish a state savings account so Kansas could better prepare for unexpected, uncontrollable emergencies that impact the state budget.
As an advocate for children and families, Laura held the Department of Children and Families accountable for its lack of transparency and has demanded answers to tough issues that directly impact the safety of children in the foster care system. She 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 a mom, Laura understands how devastating the costs of child care can be for low-income women who just want to go to work and provide for their families. She’s fought to make child care more affordable for these parents, and she took a leading role in fighting Governor Brownback’s attempts to dismantle Kansas’ prized early learning system in 2016.
Most recently, Laura fought to repeal the Brownback tax plan and put Kansas back on sound financial footing. She was key to building the bipartisan coalition to reverse the tax plan and put Kansas on the road to fiscal recovery. Laura has worked – from her first session to her most recent – for additional funding for K-12 schools, colleges, technical schools and universities.
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.
Lieutenant Governor-elect Lynn Rogers
Lynn Rogers was elected Lieutenant Governor of Kansas on November 6, 2018. He will be sworn in on January 14, 2019.
Lynn is a businessman, State Senator, and former Wichita Board of Education president, who has been fighting for Kansas families for decades.
Lynn spent over thirty years traveling Kansas as an agriculture banker assisting farmers and ranchers with financial planning and investment. He worked to provide more than $750 million in leasing and financing services to farmers, ranchers, and grain cooperatives. This experience helped him understand the challenges Kansans in rural communities and in the agricultural sector face.
In 2001, Lynn was elected to the Wichita USD 259 Board of Education. He worked on behalf of the children and parents in Wichita serving as president or vice-president for seven of those years. Lynn also volunteered on his local Parent Teacher Organization and his local church.
Lynn was elected to the Kansas Senate in 2016 to represent the 25th District. He was one of several moderate legislators who were elected with a mission to reverse the Brownback tax plan and put Kansas back on track. He is a commonsense leader who has a passion for public schools and improving the lives of Kansas families.
Lynn has lived in Wichita for over 30 years with his wife, Kris. They have three adult children – Kyle, Kelsey, and Keegan – all of whom are graduates of Wichita North High School.