Jeff Colyer

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Jeff Colyer
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Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorTroy Findley (D)
Base salary$54,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,744,656
Term limitsTwo consecutive terms
Prior offices
Kansas State Senate
January 12, 2009 – January 10, 2011
Kansas House of Representatives
High schoolThomas More Prep High School (1978)
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University (1981)
Master'sCambridge University (1982)
M.D.University of Kansas (1986)
BirthdayJune 3, 1960
Place of birthOverland Park, Kansas
ProfessionPhysician, businessman
Office website
Campaign website

Jeff Colyer (b. June 3, 1960, in Overland Park, Kansas) is the 49th and current Republican Lieutenant Governor of Kansas. He was first elected to the position in 2010 on a joint ticket with Gov. Sam Brownback. They defeated Democrats Tom Holland/Kelly Kultala and two other pairs of opponents in the general election on November 2, 2010. Colyer was sworn into office on January 10, 2011, for a four year term expiring January 12, 2015. He is running for re-election in 2014, along with Brownback. The primary election is August 5.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Prior to becoming lieutenant governor, Colyer served two terms in the state legislature. He began his political career with his election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006.[2] He served a single term in that role before moving up to the Kansas State Senate, representing the 37th District from 2009-2011.[3]

Colyer, like current Gov. Sam Brownback (R), was chosen for a White House Fellowship during 1980's. Colyer was appointed in 1988 and 1989 by the Reagan administration, and his fellowship nearly overlapped with that of Brownback, whose began in 1990 in the George H.W. Bush White House, and beside whom Coyler was elected lieutenant governor in 2010.[4]

A medical physician trade, Colyer volunteered his skills - particularly as a specialist of pediatric plastic surgery - to the International Medical Corps. His first stint had him "designing surgical medic training programs and setting up surgical clinics for the Afghan freedom fighters." His continued involvement with the corps the has also brought him to Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Kosovo. Colyer's professional background is also in business.[5] He has his own plastic surgery practice in Overland Park called Plastic Surgical Arts, where, according to a 2011 Kansas Health Institute bio, the lieutenant governor still sees patients when his schedule permits.[6]


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Colyer was selected as a White House Fellow in 1988 and assigned to the Executive Office of the President and Agency for International Development. Following his completion of the program and his medical training, Colyer volunteered with the International Medical Corps. He then returned to Kansas, and, in 1994, he opened his own plastic surgery practice.[2]

In addition to his MD, Colyer holds bachelor's degrees in economics and pre-med from Georgetown University, and a Master's degree in international relations from Cambridge University.[5]


  • Thomas More Prep High School (1978)
  • Bachelor's degrees in Economics/Pre-Medical - Georgetown University (1981)
  • Master's degree in International Relations - Cambridge University (1982)
  • MD - University of Kansas (1986)

Political career

Kansas Lieutenant Governor (2011-Present)

Jeff Colyer was elected on November 2, 2010 on a joint ticket with Governor Sam Brownback (R).[7] He has served in the role of lieutenant governor since January 10, 2011.

Affordable Care Act

In January 2012, Colyer said he supported efforts by the states to overturn the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, referred to as "Obamacare." Colyer stated, "As a practicing physician, I know first hand that if fully enacted, the Obama health care plan would harm the quality of patient care and devastate the Kansas budget."[8]

Kansas State Senate (2009-2011)

Policy Positions

Sen. Colyer's positions on the issues, according to his website:[9]

  • Supports increased school funding and more local decision-making for schools
  • Supports economic growth through lower taxes, less government regulation
  • Supports an affordable and practical health care plan

Committee assignments

While in the senate, Colyer served on these legislative committees:[10]


Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Colyer included:[11]

  • An amendment to require Senate consent for Supreme Court justice appointments[12]
  • An amendment to create a budget stabilization fund[13]

Kansas House of Representatives (2007-2009)

Colyer served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009.



See also: Kansas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Coyler is running for re-election 2014.[14] He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on August 5, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Kansas lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Colyer won election as Kansas Lieutenant Governor on a shared ticket with Gov. Sam Brownback. They defeated Tom Holland/Kelly Kultala (D) and two other pairs of opponents in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Kansas Governor/Lt. Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Colyer 63.3% 530,760
     Democratic Kelly Kultala 32.2% 270,166
     Libertarian Stacey Davis 2.7% 22,460
     Reform Party Daniel J. Faubion 1.8% 15,397
     Write-in various 0% 7
Total Votes 838,790
Election Results Via: Kansas Secretary of State


On November 4, 2008, Colyer was elected to the 37th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Bond Faulwell (D) and Rob Hodgkinson (L).[15] Colyer raised $83,033 for his campaign, while Faulwell raised $7,209 and Hodgkinson raised $15,573.[16]

Kansas State Senate, District 37 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Colyer Incumbent 63.5% 27,311
     Democratic Bond Faulwell 30.8% 13,249
     Libertarian Rob Hodgkinson 5.7% 2,464
Total Votes 43,024

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Colyer is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Colyer raised a total of $3,744,656 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[17][18]

Jeff Colyer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Kansas* Not up for election $408,087
2010 Kansas State Senate District 37 Not up for election $-7,650
2010 Lieutenant Governor of Kansas* Won $3,160,986
2008 Kansas State Senate District 37 Won $83,033
2006 Kansas State Senate District 37 Won $100,200
Grand Total Raised $3,744,656
*These funds were raised for a joint ticket with gubernatorial running mate Sam Brownback.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Kansas House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dennis M. Wilson
Kansas State Senate District 37
Succeeded by
Ray Merrick (R)
Preceded by
Troy Findley (D)
Kansas Lieutenant Governor
January 10, 2011 - Present
Succeeded by