Jeff Colyer

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Jeff Colyer
Jeff Colyer.png
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) (Economics, Pre-Med)
Master'sCambridge University (1982) (International Relations)
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, KS) 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. They face a highly competitive general election contest against the Democratic ticket of Paul Davis and Jill Docking.[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]


Colyer was born in Overland Park, Kansas. He graduated from Thomas More Prep, a Catholic high school, and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1978 to attend Georgetown University. Following in the footsteps of his dentist father, Colyer went on to medical school at the University of Kansas. He graduated with his MD in 1986 and became a surgical resident. He trained in general surgery at the Washington Hospital Center, plastic surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Craniofacial/Pediatric Plastic Surgery in Dallas.[2]

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 secured the Republican nomination in the primary on August 5, 2014, on a ticket with incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback. They face the Democratic ticket of Paul Davis and Jill Docking and the Libertarian father-and-son ticket of Keen Umbehr and Josh Umbehr in the general election.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSam Brownback/Jeff Colyer Incumbent 63.3% 164,319
Jennifer Winn/Robin Lais 36.7% 95,373
Total Votes 259,692
Election Results Via:Kansas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Race background

Candidate filing period

On June 2, the filing window for Republican and Democratic candidates pursuing a place on the 2014 Kansas gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial ballot came to a close. One set of Republicans - led by landscape contractor Jennifer Winn - filed to take on the incumbent duo in the August 5 primary election. Meanwhile, Paul Davis, the state House Minority Leader, along with his running mate Jill Docking, were the only Democratic pair to enter the race, earning a free pass to the general election. Also joining the November lineup in advance of the primary election were Libertarian candidates Keen and Josh Umbehr. The father and son ticket knocked out a single set of opponents for their party's nomination at the Kansas Libertarian Party convention, which took place April 26, 2014.[15][16]

Highly competitive race

This contest is considered to be highly competitive, with match-up polls and race ratings dating back to the fall of 2013 underscoring the legitimacy of Davis' efforts to defeat Brownback. One of the first publications to declare Brownback's vulnerability was The Washington Post, which named Kansas as one of its top 15 gubernatorial races of 2014, citing Brownback's poor approval ratings as "well shy of 50 percent."[17] Indeed, Brownback's approval ratings had been hovering around 35 percent since January 2012.[18]

Kansas is one of nine gubernatorial seats to be flagged as a "toss-up" or vulnerable for partisan switch in the 2014 cycle, based on polling data and projections courtesy of The Cook Political Report, FiveThirtyEight, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball and Governing, among others, current as of September 2014.[19][20][21]

Republican endorsements for Davis

By July 2014, Brownback's troubles crested when over 100 influential Republicans defected to the Davis campaign. The self-styled "Republicans for Kansas Values," comprised of GOP retirees and current officeholders, explained the unorthodox endorsement of Brownback's Democratic challenger as a response to steep cuts to education funding and tax cuts that contributed to a $340 million budget shortfall during the 2014 fiscal year.[22] Rather than make it a partisan matter, the race "must be about electing a moderate, commonsense Kansan as governor," stated ex-state Senate president Dick Bond on behalf of the group.[23] Polling in July also indicated that 29 percent of Republicans would vote for Davis, a five-point increase from the previous month. These polls, conducted by Survey USA/KSN News, also showed Brownback losing by an average of seven points. These polls were contrasted by a YouGov poll in July that showed a 10-point lead for Brownback. Polling experts and representatives of each campaign commented on how divergent polling methodologies can yield seemingly irreconcilable results. In this case, such disparities may cause many who follow the race to regard polls more skeptically as the election season progresses.[24]


Governor of Kansas - All candidates
Poll Sam Brownback* (R) Paul Davis (D)Keen Umbehr(L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA/KSN News Poll
June 19-23, 2014
SurveyUSA/KSN News Poll
July 23, 2014
Public Policy Polling
August 14-17, 2014
September 4-7, 2014
Public Policy Polling
September 11-14, 2014
Fort Hays State University
September 10-27, 2014
NBC News/Marist Poll
October 2014
October 2-5, 2014
Public Policy Polling
October 9-12, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
October 20-21, 2014
NBC News/Marist
October 24, 2014
AVERAGES 40.77% 44.71% 5.41% 9.09% +/-3.44 929.36
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to
Governor of Kansas - Major party candidates and undecided
Poll Sam Brownback * (R) Paul Davis (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
{September 20-October 1, 2014)
Gravis Marketing
(September 30-October 1, 2014)
Monmouth University
(October 16-19, 2014)
Gravis Marketing
(October 20-21, 2014)
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
{October 16-23, 2014)
AVERAGES 43.4% 45.8% 10.6% +/-3.54 1,277.8
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to
Governor of Kansas - Major party candidates, other and undecided
Poll Sam Brownback* (R) Paul Davis (D)OtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
CBS/NYT/YouGov (Without leaners)
July 5-24, 2014
CBS/NYT/YouGov (With leaners)
July 5-24, 2014
August 6-7, 2014
Cole Hargrave Snodgrass (R-Brownback)
August 17-30, 2014
August 18-September 2, 2014
Public Policy Polling (Umbehr supporters reallocated
September 11-14, 2014
AVERAGES 44.83% 42.5% 1.83% 5.83% +/-2.67 994.17
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to
Governor of Kansas - Major party candidates and "third party" category
Poll Sam Brownback/Jeff Coyler (R) Paul Davis/Jill Docking (D)Third PartyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA Poll
(October 23-24, 2013)
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


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).[25] Colyer raised $83,033 for his campaign, while Faulwell raised $7,209 and Hodgkinson raised $15,573.[26]

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.[27][28]

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.


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.[29] Click [show] for more information.

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  11. Legislation
  12. Bill 1612 (dead link)
  13. Bill 1614 (dead link)
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  16. Keen For Kansas, "Home," accessed October 6, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top 15 gubernatorial races of 2014," November 15, 2013
  18. Kansas City Star, "Surveys find a hint of election vulnerability in Gov. Sam Brownback," October 29, 2013
  19. University of Virginia Center for Politics, "2014 Governor," accessed July 30, 2014
  20. Governing, "2014 Governors Races: A Look at the Too-Close-to-Call Contests," March 6, 2014
  21. FiveThirtyEight, "Governors’ Races Are Close, But There’s More Upside For Democrats," July 17, 2014
  22. The New York Times, "Kansas Democrats Turn to Data in Governor's Race," July 30, 2014
  23. The Washington Post, "More than 100 Republicans endorse Democrat against Kansas Gov. Brownback (R)," July 15, 2014
  24. The Wichita Eagle, "Polls on the Kansas governor's race vary widely," July 26, 2014
  25. Kansas Secretary of State, "2008 General Election - Official Vote Totals," accessed March 29, 2014
  26. Follow the Money, "Kansas 2008 - General Election Results," accessed March 29, 2014
  27. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Sam Brownback and Jeff Colyer," accessed July 11, 2013
  28. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Jeff Colyer," accessed July 11, 2013
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Political offices
Preceded by
Troy Findley (D)
Kansas Lieutenant Governor
January 10, 2011 - Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dennis M. Wilson
Kansas State Senate District 37
Succeeded by
Ray Merrick (R)
Preceded by
Kansas House of Representatives
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