Kelly Kultala

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Kelly Kultala
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Kansas, District 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2014
Term limitsNo
Prior offices
Kansas State Senate District 5
High schoolAmes High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kansas
Date of birthAugust 16, 1958
ProfessionCommunity Outreach Director
Campaign website

Kelly Kultala (b. August 16, 1958) was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas.[1] She lost to incumbent Kevin Yoder (R) in the general election on november 4, 2014.[2] She won the nomination in the Democratic primary on August 5, 2014.[3]

She is a former Democratic member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 5 from 2009 to 2013. She also served as the 5th District Commissioner for the Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City from 2001 to 2005. Kultala ran for Lieutenant Governor in 2010, and was defeated by Jeff Colyer. Kultala was also defeated in the 2012 election.

Kelly is the Director of Community Outreach for Youthville, one of Kansas’ largest child advocacy organizations.

Kultala earned her degree from the University of Kansas.[4]


Campaign themes

Kultala's website highlights the following campaign themes:[4]


  • Excerpt: "I will continue working tirelessly to fully restore funding to our local classrooms."

State Budget

  • Excerpt: "I will continue to fight for a state budget that protects early learning programs, reduces waiting lists for Kansans with disabilities, and supports aging programs."


  • Excerpt: "I will not support policies that give tax breaks to big corporations and the wealthiest Kansans, at the detriment of middle-class Kansans and seniors living on fixed incomes."

Policy Positions

Sen. Kultala co-sponsored a bill regarding elections and an election commissioner[5] as well as various other senate bills.[6]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kultala served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kultala served on these committees:



See also: Kansas' 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Kultala ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Kansas' 3rd District.[1] She won the nomination in the Democratic primary on August 5, 2014.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Kansas District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Yoder Incumbent 60% 134,493
     Democratic Kelly Kultala 40% 89,584
Total Votes 224,077
Source: Kansas Secretary of State Official Results
U.S. House, Kansas District 3 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKelly Kultala 68.5% 14,189
Reginald Marselus 31.5% 6,524
Total Votes 20,713
Source: Kansas Secretary of State


See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Kultala ran for election in the 2012 election for Kansas State Senate District 5. Kultala ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by Steve Fitzgerald (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.

Former Democratic Senator Mark Gilstrap ran in the Republican primary in 2012. Kultala defeated Gilstrap in the Democratic primary in 2008, but Gilstrap lost the 2012 Republican primary and was not able to run against Kultala in the 2012 general election.

Kansas State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Fitzgerald 51.5% 12,803
     Democratic Kelly Kultala Incumbent 48.5% 12,040
Total Votes 24,843


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

Kultala was defeated by Jeff Colyer in the general election on November 2, 2010. Kultala faced Jeff Colyer (R), Stacey Davis (L) and Daniel J. Faubion (R).


On November 4, 2008, Kultala was elected to the 5th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating Steve Fitzgerald (R).[7] Kultala raised $81,268 for her campaign, while Fitzgerald raised $127,729.[8]

Kansas State Senate, District 5 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngKelly Kultala (D) 15,184 52.3%
Steve Fitzgerald (R) 13,838 47.6%

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kultala's reports.[9]

Kelly Kultala (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2014$0$71,045$(10,245)$60,800
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2014$60,800$86,063$(47,122)$99,741
Running totals


In 2008 Kultala collected $81,268 in donations.[12]:

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Democratic Party $28,484
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce $3,750
Kansans for Lifesaving Cures $2,000
Carpenters District Council of Kansas City & Vicinity $2,000


Kansas Economic Freedom Index

The Kansas Economic Freedom Index is a project of Bob Weeks, creator of the blog Voice For Liberty in Wichita. The purpose of the Index "is to identify Kansas legislators who vote in favor of economic freedom — and those who don’t."[13] Legislators received a rating from 0-100 percent based on their votes on bills promoting economic freedom.


Kelly Kultala received a rating of 7% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index.[14]


Kelly is married to husband, Dan. Together they have three daughters, Taylor, Whitney, Spenser, two sons-in-law Barry and Ryan and two grandchildren, Lane and Claire.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark S. Gilstrap
Kansas State Senate District 5
Succeeded by
Steve Fitzgerald (R)