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Laura Kelly
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 18th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Preceded by Dave Jackson
Personal details
Born (1950-01-24) January 24, 1950 (age 66)
New York City, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ted Daughety
Residence Topeka, Kansas
Alma mater Bradley University
Indiana University
Religion Roman Catholic

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. [1]

Personal life[edit]

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.[2]

Political career[edit]

In late 2009 Kelly briefly considered a run for Kansas's 2nd congressional district.[3] During the 2011-2012 Legislative Sessions, she served as the Kansas Senate Assistant Minority Leader[4]

Issue positions[edit]

Priority issues for Kelly include:[5]

  • Education
  • Lower health care costs
  • Working with the public and with all levels of government for job creation

Committee assignments[edit]

Kelly serves on the following legislative committees:[1]

  • 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)

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Legislation co-sponsored by Kelly includes:

  • A bill regarding the income tax[6]
  • A bill regarding retirement pensions[7]
  • A resolution supporting a U.S. laser program[8]

Group Ratings[edit]

Abortion:

  • Senator Kelly supported the interests of the Kansans for Life 17 percent in 2005.[9]

Budget, Spending, and Taxes:

  • Supported the interests of the Kansas Taxpayers Network 15 percent in 2005.[10]
  • Supported the interests of the Kansas Taxpayers Network 20 percent in 2006.[11]
  • Senator Kelly received a rating of 16.7 from the Kansas Taxpayers Network in 2007.[12]
  • Senator Kelly received a rating of 9.1 from the Kansas Taxpayers Network in 2008.[13]

Business and Consumers:

  • Senator Kelly supported the interests of the Kansas National Federation of Independent Business 100 percent (2005–2006) [14]
  • Senator Kelly received a rating of 67 from the Kansas National Federation of Independent Business (2007–2008) [15]

Education:

  • Senator Kelly supported the interests of the Kansas Association of School Boards 80 percent in 2005.[16]
  • Senator Kelly supported the interests of the Kansas Association of School Boards 67 percent in 2006.[17]

Past Endorsements[edit]

  • Kansas Sierra Club (2008) [18]
  • Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-America Missouri (2008) [19]
  • Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus (2008) [20]
  • Kansas National Education Association (2008) [21]

Major donors[edit]

Some of the top contributors to Kelly's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:[22]

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.

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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