Barbara Bollier

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Barbara Bollier
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 7th district
Assumed office
January 2017
Preceded byKay Wolf
Member of the
Kansas House of Representatives
In office
January 2011 – January 2017
Preceded byTerrie Huntington
Succeeded byJerry Stogsdill
Constituency25th district (2011–13)
21st district (2013–17)
Personal details
Born (1958-01-13) January 13, 1958 (age 61)
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (before 2018)
Democratic (2018–present)
EducationUniversity of Kansas, Lawrence (BGS)
University of Kansas, Kansas City (MD)
WebsiteOfficial website

Barbara Bollier (born January 13, 1958) is a Democratic member of the Kansas Senate representing the 7th district (Mission Hills in Johnson County).

Political career[edit]

Kansas House of Representatives[edit]

From 2010 to 2012 Bollier represented the 25th district in the Kansas House of Representatives, and from 2013 to 2017, she represented the 21st House district.[1][2] She was a member of the Republican Party during her tenure in the state House.

Kansas State Senate[edit]

In May 2016, Bollier ran for the Kansas Senate 7th district, following Kansas Senator Kay Wolf's retirement announcement.[3] She won that seat over Democrat Megan England 54.3 % 22,439 votes, to 45.6 % 18,884 votes.[4]

In July 2018, former American Legislative Exchange Council Chairperson and current Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, removed Bollier as the Vice Chair of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.[5]

Bollier changed her party affiliation to the Democratic Party on December 12, 2018, saying: "Morally, the party is not going where my compass resides. I'm looking forward to being in a party that represents the ideals that I do, including Medicaid expansion and funding our K-12 schools."[6] Bollier said that the "breaking point" had been the Kansas Republican Party's inclusion of anti-transgender language in its platform. Bollier had supported the Democratic candidate for governor, state Senator Laura Kelly, over the Republican candidate, Secretary of State Kris Kobach. (Kelly was ultimately elected.) Bollier had also jumped party lines to support a Democratic congressional primary candidate, Tom Niermann.[7] [8] Two other Kansas legislators, state Representative Stephanie Clayton and state Senator Dinah Sykes, also switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party in December 2018.[9]

2020 U.S. Senate election[edit]

On October 16, 2019, Bollier announced that she would run in the 2020 election for the United States Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Pat Roberts.[10] The next day, former United States Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom dropped out of the race and endorsed Bollier.[11] Bollier's senate candidacy was endorsed by former Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius. Overland Park's Representative Stephanie Clayton, who became a Democrat simultaneously with Bollier, said the Kansas Republican Party hasn’t got anyone possessing equivalent sway as has Sebelius, given the stark divisions between that party's moderates and conservatives. Clayton commented, "When she talks, people listen. And that’s that." The Sebelius endorsement came after Grissom withdrew from the race, despite having raised almost half a million dollars in contributions during the previous quarter. His departure left Bollier as the party's clear frontrunner in the primary.[12] Sebelius referenced Bollier's history of almost a decade of consistent support for fully funding schools, Medicaid Expansion, and the repeal of Brownback's "devastating tax experiment."[13]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Representatie Barbara Bollier". Kansas Legislature; 2015–2016 Legislative Sessions. Kansas Legislative Information System and Services. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Senter, Jay. "Sen. Kay Wolf announces retirement, paving way for Mission Hills Rep. Barbara Bollier to run for District 7 seat". Shawnee Mission Post. Shawnee Mission Post. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  4. ^ 2016 General Election Official results, Kansas Secretary of State. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Bollier’s endorsement of Niermann leads senate president to remove her from committee leadership,Shawnee Mission Post, Jay Senter, July 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier, at odds with GOP over Trump, LGBT issues, turns Democrat, Kansas City Star, Jonathan Shorman, December 19, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Sen. Barbara Bollier changes party affiliation to Democrat, says Republican party morally not going where my compass resides’,Shawnee Mission Post, Jay Senter, December 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Senter, Jay (August 6, 2014). "Barbara Bollier, Stephanie Clayton easily fend of challenges from conservatives in NEJC House primaries". Prairie Village Post. Archived from the original on August 9, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  9. ^ More Kansas lawmakers switch parties: Sykes, Clayton leave GOP, become Democrats, Kansas City Star, Jonathan Shorman, December 19, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Ex-Kansas Republican shakes up U.S. Senate race by running as "pragmatic" Democrat, CBS News, October 16, 2019. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Barry Grissom withdraws from US Senate race, endorses Barbara Bollier". kwch.com. October 17, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  12. ^ ‘The big enchilada’: Sebelius, backing Bollier, holds power with Kansas Democrats, Wichita Eagle, Bryan Lowry and Jonathan Shorman, October 21, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  13. ^ Former Kansas Gov. Sebelius endorses Bollier in U.S. Senate race, Wichita Eagle, Bryan Lowry, October 21, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2019.

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