Prior to her election to the House, Ballard served on the Lawrence School Board from 1985-1993.
She has a BMeEd (1967) from Webster College, and an MS (1976) and PhD (1980) from Kansas State University. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, and from 1980 until 2004 was Dean of Students at the University of Kansas as well as Director of the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center. She is now Associate Director of Civic Engagement & Outreach for the Dole Institute of Politics.
Ballard is the Chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus.
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The top 5 donors to Ballard's 2008 campaign are mostly professional organizations:
- 1. Kansas Contractors Assoc - $1,000
- 2. Kansas Hospital Assoc - $500
- 3. Kansas Assoc of Realtors - $500
- 4. Ruffin, Phil - $500
- 5. Chesapeake Operating Inc - $500
- Barbara W. Ballard Vote Smart. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
- Biographical Profile for Barbara W. Ballard Retrieved June 28, 2009.
- "Kathleen Sebelius part of upcoming Dole Institute lecture series". University of Kansas. February 4, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Barbara Ballard Biography Retrieved June 28, 2009.
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions Retrieved June 28, 2009.
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- Kansas Legislature - Barbara Ballard
- Project Vote Smart profile
- Kansas Votes profile
- State Surge - Legislative and voting track record
- Follow the Money campaign contributions: