Early Years: A fifth generation Kansan, Gov. Colyer was born in Hays.
Education: Gov. Colyer holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in international relations from Cambridge University, and a medical doctorate from the University of Kansas, School of Medicine.
Career: As a craniofacial/plastic surgeon, spent years volunteering in international war zones, as well as his home state; elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006 and the Kansas Senate in 2008.
Nickname: The Sunflower State
Population: 2.9 million
Size: The state covers 82,278 square miles
Economic drivers: agriculture, energy production, aerospace, automobile manufacturing,
Did you know? Musicians born in Kansas include Joe Walsh, Melissa Etheridge, Martina McBride, Janelle Monáe and the rock band Kansas.