Laura Kelly

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Laura Kelly
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Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 18th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Preceded by Dave Jackson
Personal details
Born (1950-01-24) January 24, 1950 (age 68)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ted Daughety
Education Bradley University (BS)
Indiana University, Bloomington (MS)

Laura Kelly (born January 24, 1950) is a Democratic member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 18th District since 2005. She is currently the Senate Assistant Minority Leader.[1] Kelly is the Democratic nominee for Governor of Kansas in the 2018 election cycle.

Personal life[edit]

Kelly was born in New York City. She studied at Bradley University where she earned a BS in Psychology, and at Indiana University where she earned an MS in Therapeutic Recreation.[2] She is married to Ted Daughety, a doctor of pulmonary and sleep disorders, since 34 years. They have two daughters, Kathleen and Molly Daughety.

Political career[edit]

In late 2009 Kelly briefly considered a run for Kansas's 2nd congressional district.[3] During the 2011-2012 Legislative Sessions, she served as the Kansas Senate Assistant Minority Leader[4]

Kansas gubernatorial election, 2018[edit]

Kelly is the Democratic nominee in the 2018 Kansas gubernatorial election where she faces Republican candidate Kobach and independent candidate Greg Orman. During the campaign, Kelly was endorsed by Bill Graves, a Republican and former Kansas Governor, as well as former Kansas Governor and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.[5] She was also endorsed by 27 former and current Kansas Republican lawmakers.[6]

Some of the top contributors to Kelly's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:[7]

Senate Democrats of Kansas, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee of Kansas, Laura Kelly (self-finance), American Federation of Teachers, Astrazeneca, Kansas National Education Association, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association

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Kansas Senate
Preceded by
Dave Jackson
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 18th district

2005–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Paul Davis
Democratic nominee for Governor of Kansas
2018
Most recent