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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)


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]


  • 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]


  • 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.


External links[edit]

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2858 news items

Topeka Capital Journal
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:18:45 -0700

Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, believes the proposal is political. "This is an election year gift to certain legislators that represent certain institutions," Kelly said. A $93 million payment into KPERS would also be further delayed under a House proposal ...

The Mercury

The Mercury
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:55:02 -0700

“The Government's own status reports document alarming dissolved oxygen and water temperature readings,” Environment Tasmania's Laura Kelly said. “They clearly demonstrate that the site cannot support existing fish farms, let alone an increase in fish ...


Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:41:15 -0700

Laura Kelly, from Topeka, is the top Democrat on the Senate's Budget writing committee. She wants to see the exemption repealed but she doesn't support either bill. She says that's because neither would generate enough money to solve the state's ...

The Union-Recorder

The Union-Recorder
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:08:33 -0700

Senior Katie Krupp (Evans) and sophomore Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville) lost to Mary Jo Nanti and Kelly Burge in the first slot, while junior Hannah Serdinia (Suwanee) and sophomore Emma Niemi (Cumming) lost to Lizanne Jinkertz and Laura Kelly in third ...

Hays Daily News

Hays Daily News
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:00:00 -0700

Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, Sen. Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, Rep. Jerry Henry, D-Cummings, Sen. Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson, and Rep. Russ Jennings, R-Lakin. Other followers of the process, more frustrated than appreciative, pointed an accusing finger at ...

Jerusalem Post Israel News

Jerusalem Post Israel News
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:31:44 -0700

Refugees in Jordan see little hope of return to their homeland after five years of war. Syria. A woman makes her way through the rubble of damaged buildings after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held town of Dael, in Deraa ...

Alameda Sun

Alameda Sun
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:52:30 -0700

Laura Kelly, a planner with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), told about the VA's plans for a clinic and columbarium on the north side of the airfield. Due to the pressing need for new burial space in the Bay Area, Kelly explained, the ...

Wichita Eagle (blog)

Wichita Eagle (blog)
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:03:45 -0700

Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, about how on the same day the state lowered revenue estimates House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, sent an invitation to legislators and lobbyists to be measured for custom-made boots. “Maybe that's why he doesn't talk about ...

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