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Laura Kelly

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Laura Kelly
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Kansas State Senate District 18
Incumbent
In office
2005 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBradley University
Master'sIndiana University
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 24, 1950
Place of birthNew York, New York
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Laura Kelly is a Democratic member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 18 and serving as Senate Minority Whip. She was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Kelly's professional experience includes working as the Executive Director of Kansas Recreation and Parks Association from 1988 to 2004.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kelly served on the following committees:

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Public Health and Welfare
Ways and Means
Financial Institutions and Insurance

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Proposed constitutional amendment

In 2010, Kelly and colleague John Vratil (R) proposed a constitutional amendment that would have required lawmakers to put money equal to 1 percent of the state's general fund revenues in a rainy day fund whenever those tax revenues exceeded 3 percent larger than the previous year. Those contributions then would have continued until the fund equaled 7.5 percent of the state's general fund budget.[2]

Campaign themes

2008

Kelly's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Education
  • Lower health care costs
  • Working with the public and with all levels of government for job creation

Elections

2012

See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Kelly won election in the 2012 election for Kansas State Senate District 18. Kelly was unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Dick Barta (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Kansas State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLaura Kelly Incumbent 51.7% 14,813
     Republican Dick Barta 48.3% 13,833
Total Votes 28,646

2008

See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Kelly was re-elected to the 18th District Seat in the Kansas State Senate, defeating James J. Zeller (R).[6] Kelly raised $219,785 for her campaign, while Zeller raised $68,185.[7]

Kansas State Senate, District 18 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.pngLaura Kelly (D) 18,009 58.1%
James J. Zeller (R) 12,959 41.8

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kelly is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Kelly raised a total of $640,605 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 4, 2013.[8]

Laura Kelly's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State Senate, District 18 Won $250,656
2010 Kansas State Senate, District 18 Not up for election $3,250
2008 Kansas State Senate, District 18 Won $219,785
2006 Kansas State Senate, District 18 Not up for election $16,647
2004 Kansas State Senate, District 18 Won $150,267
Grand Total Raised $640,605

2012

Kelly won re-election to the Kansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kelly raised a total of $250,656.

2010

Kelly was not up for election to the Kansas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Kelly raised a total of $3,250.

2008

Kelly won re-election to the Kansas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Kelly raised a total of $219,785.

2006

Kelly was not up for election to the Kansas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Kelly raised a total of $16,647.

2004

Kelly won election to the Kansas State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Kelly raised a total of $150,267.

Scorecards

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."[9] Legislators receive a rating from 0-100 percent based on their votes on bills promoting economic freedom.

2010

Laura Kelly received a rating of 13% on the 2010 Kansas Economic Freedom Index.[10]

Kansas Freedom Index

The Kansas Policy Institute, Kansas’s "first free market think tank," releases its legislator scorecard as a part of its Kansas Freedom Index for Kansas state representatives and senators once a year. The Score Card gives each legislator a score from 1%-100% based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on specific issues which the Kansas Policy Institute thought were pro-limited government policies.[11]

2013

Laura Kelly received a score of 32.8% in the 2013 index.[12]

Personal

Kelly and her husband, Ted, have two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Jackson
Kansas State Senate District 18
2005–present
Succeeded by
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