Barbara Ballard

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Barbara Ballard
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
from the 44th district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1944-11-14) November 14, 1944 (age 73)
Petersburg, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Albert Ballard
Residence Lawrence, Kansas
Alma mater Webster College
Kansas State University

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

Prior to her election to the House, Ballard served on the Lawrence School Board from 1985-1993. Ballard is treasurer of the Kansas African American Legislative Caucus.

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.[3]

Ballard is the Chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus.[4][5]

Committee membership[edit]

During the Legislative Sessions of 2013-2014, Rep. Ballard served on the following legislative committees:[6]

  • Appropriations
  • Calendar and Printing (Ranking minority member)
  • Robert G. (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee on Home and community Based Services and KanCare Oversight
  • Social Services Budget (Ranking minority member

Major Donors[edit]

The top 5 donors to Ballard's 2008 campaign are mostly professional organizations:[7]

  • 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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