| Dave Jackson|
| Ted Daughety|
| January 24, 1950 (age 65)
New York City, New York (1950-01-24) |
Laura Kelly Wikipedia
Laura Kelly (born January 24, 1950) is a Democratic member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 18th District since 2005. She is currently the Senate Minority Whip.
Kelly was born in New York City. She studied at Bradley University where she earned a BS in Psychology, and at Indiana University where she earned a MS in Therapeutic Recreation.
In late 2009 Kelly briefly considered a run for Kansas's 2nd congressional district. During the 2011-2012 Legislative Sessions, she served as the Kansas Senate Assistant Minority Leader
Priority issues for Kelly include:Education
Lower health care costs
Working with the public and with all levels of government for job creation
Kelly serves on the following legislative committees:2015 Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy
Financial Institutions and Insurance
Health Care Stabilization Fund Oversight Committee
Joint Committee on Pensions Investments, and Benefits
Joint Committee on State Building Construction
Legislative Budget Committee
Legislative Post Audit Committee
Public Health and Welfare (Ranking minority member)
Robert G. (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee on Home Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight (Ranking minority member)
Senate Select Committee on KPERS
State Employee Pay Plan Oversight
Ways and Means (Ranking minority member)
Legislation co-sponsored by Kelly includes:A bill regarding the income tax
A bill regarding retirement pensions
A resolution supporting a U.S. laser program
Abortion:Senator Kelly supported the interests of the Kansans for Life 17 percent in 2005.
Budget, Spending, and Taxes:Supported the interests of the Kansas Taxpayers Network 15 percent in 2005.
Supported the interests of the Kansas Taxpayers Network 20 percent in 2006.
Senator Kelly received a rating of 16.7 from the Kansas Taxpayers Network in 2007.
Senator Kelly received a rating of 9.1 from the Kansas Taxpayers Network in 2008.
Business and Consumers:Senator Kelly supported the interests of the Kansas National Federation of Independent Business 100 percent (2005–2006)
Senator Kelly received a rating of 67 from the Kansas National Federation of Independent Business (2007–2008)
Education:Senator Kelly supported the interests of the Kansas Association of School Boards 80 percent in 2005.
Senator Kelly supported the interests of the Kansas Association of School Boards 67 percent in 2006.
Kansas Sierra Club (2008)
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-America Missouri (2008)
Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus (2008)
Kansas National Education Association (2008)
Some of the top contributors to Kelly's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:
Senate Democrats of Kansas, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee of Kansas, Laura Kelly (self-finance), American Federation of Teachers, Astrazeneca, Kansas National Education Association, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
Political parties were her largest donor group.