For Immediate Release
October 31, 2019
EMILYs List Endorses Barbara Bollier for U.S. Senate in Kansas
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Barbara Bollier for the U.S. Senate in Kansas. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Dr. Barbara Bollier is an accomplished physician and state legislator who will fight to protect Kansans’ access to quality, affordable health care when elected. As a state Senator, she has fought for Medicaid expansion, and working alongside now-Governor Laura Kelly, opposed former Governor Brownback’s failed tax plan. Barbara’s commitment to her community and public service will make her a strong voice for Kansas families in Congress.
“Kansas has never before sent a Democratic woman to the U.S. Senate, but after the state elected Governor Kelly and Rep. Sharice Davids in 2018, EMILYs List is confident that Barbara will achieve this milestone. ”
Dr. Barbara Bollier is a retired anesthesiologist who grew up in Fairway and Mission Hills. After attending Shawnee Mission schools, she received her bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Kansas, where she met her husband. Barbara practiced medicine for over a decade before retiring and devoting her time to volunteering in her community. She was elected to the Kansas state legislature in 2010, most recently serving as a state Senator. Barbara and her husband live in Mission Hills and have two children.
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