Barbara Bollier

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Barbara Bollier
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 7th district
Assumed office
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
from the 21st district
In office
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
from the 25th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1958-01-13) January 13, 1958 (age 61)
Political partyDemocratic (2018–present)
Other political
Republican (before 2018)

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, 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 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]


  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. 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.

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