Barbara Ballard

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Barbara W. Ballard (born November 14, 1944) is a Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing the 44th district. Born in Petersburg, Kansas, she has served since 1993.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Committee membership[edit]

  • Appropriations
  • Transportation
  • Social Services Budget
  • Calendar and Printing

Major Donors[edit]

The top 5 donors to Ballard's 2008 campaign are mostly professional organizations:[4]

  • 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


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  3. ^ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Barbara Ballard Biography
  4. ^ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions

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