Laura Kelly


Elected Kansas’ 48th governor in 2018.

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.

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About Kansas

Nickname:  The Sunflower State

Capital: Topeka

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.

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