|Lieutenant Governor of Kansas|
|January 10, 2011 - Present|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Troy Findley (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||Two consecutive terms|
|Kansas State Senate|
|January 12, 2009 – January 10, 2011|
|Kansas House of Representatives|
|High school||Thomas More Prep High School (1978)|
|Bachelor's||Georgetown University (1981)|
|Master's||Cambridge University (1982)|
|M.D.||University of Kansas (1986)|
|Birthday||June 3, 1960|
|Place of birth||Overland Park, Kansas|
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 eligible for re-election in 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. He served a single term in that role before moving up to the Kansas State Senate, representing the 37th District from 2009-2011.
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.
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. 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.
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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.
In addition to his MD, Colyer holds bachelors degrees in economics and pre-med from Georgetown University, and a Master's degree in international relations from Cambridge University.
- 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)
Kansas Lieutenant Governor (2011-Present)
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."
Kansas State Senate (2009-2011)
Sen. Colyer's positions on the issues, according to his website:
- 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
While in the senate, Colyer served on these legislative committees:
- Assessment and Taxation
- Financial Institutions and Insurance
- Joint Committee on Health Policy Oversight
- Public Health and Welfare
Legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Colyer included:
- An amendment to require Senate consent for Supreme Court justice appointments
- An amendment to create a budget stabilization fund
Kansas House of Representatives (2007-2009)
Colyer served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009.
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|
|Reform Party||Daniel J. Faubion||1.8%||15,397|
|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).  Colyer raised $83,033 for his campaign, while Faulwell raised $7,209 and Hodgkinson raised $15,573.
|Kansas State Senate, District 37 General Election, 2008|
|Republican||Jeff Colyer Incumbent||63.5%||27,311|
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.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Jeff Colyer's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Jeff Colyer's Campaign Contributions|
Lt. Governor of Kansas
Kansas State Senate
Kansas House of Representatives
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$696,359||$7,209 (Democrat)|
|Top 5 contributors||AT&T, Boeing Co and Union Pacific Railroad||$8,000 each||Jeff Colyer||$25,000||Jeff Colyer||$48,167|
|Kansas City Power & Light||$6,863||Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee and Koch Industries||$2,000 each||Kansas Medical Society||$1,000|
|Charles Koch and Seaboard Foods||$6,000 each||Kansas Medical Society and American Society of Plastic Surgeons||$2,000 each||Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry||$862|
|BNSF Railway and Nextera Energy Resources||$6,000 each||Kansas Association of Realtors and Kansas City Power & Light||$1,750 each||Kansas Dental Association||$750|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City||$6,000||Union Pacific Railroad||$1,500||Kansas Optometric Association||$750|
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- Kansas Office of the Governor – Lt. Gov. Colyer
- Project Vote Smart Bio
- Project Vote Smart Legislative Profile
- State Surge Profile
- Campaign contributions: 2006, 2008
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- ↑ Kansas Governor, "Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer," accessed September 15, 2012
- ↑ University of Texas, "Appointment of the 1988 - 1989 White House Fellows," June 7, 1988
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Project Vote Smart, "Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer's Biography," accessed August 19, 2013
- ↑ Kansas Health Institute, "Who's Who: Dr. Jeff Colyer," March 7, 2011
- ↑ Governor of Kansas "Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer" Accessed January 17, 2013
- ↑ Kansas Reporter, "Lt. Gov. enters federal health care constitutional challenge," January 17, 2012
- ↑ Jeff Colyer issue positions
- ↑ Profile from the Kansas Legislature
- ↑ Legislation
- ↑ Bill 1612
- ↑ Bill 1614
- ↑ 2008 Kansas Election Results
- ↑ Kansas State Senate, 2008 Money Raised
- ↑ Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Sam Brownback and Jeff Colyer," accessed July 11, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Jeff Colyer," accessed July 11, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money.org
|Kansas House of Representatives
| Succeeded by|
Dennis M. Wilson
|Kansas State Senate District 37
| Succeeded by|
Ray Merrick (R)
Troy Findley (D)
|Kansas Lieutenant Governor
January 10, 2011 - Present
| Succeeded by|