Early years: Born in New York City in 1950.
Education: Holds a B.S. in psychology from Bradley University, and a M.S. in therapeutic recreation from Indiana University.
Career: Laura Kelly was elected Kansas’ 48th governor in 2018. Previously, she served in the Kansas Senate from 2005-2019. Before her political career, Gov. Kelly was the executive director of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association and worked in mental health services.
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.