An experienced leader fighting for Kansans
Laura Kelly is an experienced leader and public servant who has dedicated her career to fighting for Kansas kids and families. Growing up in a military family, Laura was taught the importance of serving her community at a young age. She served as the executive director of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association for over a decade, advocating for public parks across the state. In this role, she also sought to make communities healthier by improving the state’s recreation services. Before that, she worked with disadvantaged adolescents, providing mental health services and recreational therapy to patients in need. Laura was elected to the Kansas state Senate in 2004 and has been a leader on issues dealing with the state budget, public schools, early childhood programs, health care, and more. Laura lives with her husband in Topeka and has two grown daughters.
A champion for Sunflower State working families
Laura ran for governor to help Kansas families recover from the disastrous Brownback tax plan that has destroyed the state’s economy. Even before the tax plan, Laura spent her time in the state Senate fighting for funding for health care, roads, early childhood programs and public schools. “From my very first legislative session, I’ve been on the front lines of the fight to get more resources into public school classrooms,” she has said. In 2017, the Kansas Supreme Court declared that the state’s schools are severely underfunded, and the GOP-led legislature has been scrambling to pass a plan that adequately funds them. “We’ve gone from adequately funding our schools to short-changing them, and we’ve seen the impact those cuts have had on our families,” Laura has said. “We need to adequately fund our schools and invest in our children.” As governor, Laura will fight to expand economic opportunity for Kansans who have been left behind by Brownback’s tax cuts for the wealthy. “I have witnessed firsthand the problems that were created by the Brownback tax experiment,” she has said. “I know where the problems are, and I would like to get to work in the governor’s office to fix them.”
A successful fight to flip a governorship
In running for governor, Laura faced off against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who had developed a national reputation for going to unconstitutional lengths to deny voting rights. Laura is the leader that Kansans can count on to fight for them and their priorities, and the EMILY’s List community is proud of our support for her successful campaign to flip this seat for Kansas working families.