Troy Findley

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Troy Findley
TroyFindley-about.jpg
48th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
In office
May 15, 2009 – January 10, 2011
Governor Mark Parkinson
Preceded by Mark Parkinson
Succeeded by Jeff Colyer
Kansas Governor's Chief of Staff
In office
July 18, 2005 – May 15, 2009
Governor Kathleen Sebelius
Mark Parkinson
Preceded by Joyce Allegrucci
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
In office
January 1994 – January 2003
Preceded by Betty Jo Charlton
Succeeded by Paul Davis
Personal details
Born (1964-07-11) July 11, 1964 (age 52)
Lawrence, Kansas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jennifer Findley
Residence Topeka, Kansas
Alma mater University of Kansas (BGS)

Troy Findley (born July 11, 1964 in Lawrence, Kansas) was the 48th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas. He was appointed by Governor Mark Parkinson on May 14, 2009 and took office the following day. Findley previously served as chief of staff to Governor Kathleen Sebelius.[1]

As lieutenant governor, Findley chaired both the Governor’s Energy Cabinet Team and the Governor’s Recovery Act Advisory Group. He was also a member of the Midwest Cancer Alliance Partner Advisory Board.[1]

A native Kansan, Findley was raised and educated in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1990. After college he worked in the grocery, retail, and banking industry before his election to the Kansas House of Representatives in November 1994.[2] Findley, a moderate, won election despite a nationwide loses for the Democratic Party, specifically in the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate.

Education and early career[edit]

Findley was born on July 11, 1964, in Lawrence, Kansas. He was educated in the Lawrence Public Schools and attended Lawrence High School.[2]

Findley attended the University of Kansas and graduated in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He received his real estate license from the Kansas Association of Realtors in 1995.[2]

Following college, Findley held a number of positions in Kansas politics and later worked at UMB Bank in Lawrence.[2]

State legislature[edit]

Findley was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives on November 8, 1994 to represent District 46, which includes parts of Douglas County. He replaced retiring, longtime representative, Betty Jo Charlton, and was subsequently elected to five consecutive terms.[2]

In the Kansas House, Findley led efforts to initiate early childhood education programs for at-risk four-year-olds and to establish multi-year financing for public schools. Concerned with the rising cost of a college education, Findley also authored legislation to tie increases in tuition to increases in the state’s grant program.[2]

Findley also co-sponsored legislation to create a Kansas version of the Earned Income Tax Credit, similar to legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in 1975, which helps ease the burden of income taxes on low-income families.[3]

During the 1999 budget debate, Findley voted for the 10-year transportation plan that is largely credited for Kansas’ recent number one ranking for having the nation’s best highways.[4] In the same session, he crossed party lines to support republican Governor Bill Graves’ budget, which included the creation of a Children's Trust Fund.

Findley was a member of the House Democratic Leadership Team serving as Policy Chair. His committee assignments included: Financial Institutions and Insurance; Economic Development; Ethics and Elections; Federal and State Affairs; and Taxation. He also served as Ranking Minority Member of the Congressional Redistricting Committee during the 2001-2002 Sessions.[5]

He was elected to his fifth term in the Kansas House of Representatives on November 5, 2002 but declined to take the oath of office in order to work for Governor Sebelius as a Legislative Liaison in January 2003.[2]

Legislative Liaison[edit]

Upon her ascension to the governorship, Kathleen Sebelius hired Findley as her Legislative Liaison to the Kansas House of Representatives.[2]

While Findley served in this capacity, the Sebelius Administration shepherded through government austerity and efficiency measurers that eliminated the state’s $1.1 billion deficit, without raising taxes.[6]

Chief of Staff[edit]

On July 18, 2005 Governor Sebelius appointed Findley as her chief of staff.[2]

In this capacity, Findley was responsible for policy development and implementation.

During the 2006 legislative session, the Sebelius Administration led efforts that resulted in the largest increase in K-12 education funding in state history.

Findley’s responsibilities also included serving as the Governor’s chief liaison on emergency management matters. In 2007, Kansas was impacted by a series of major weather-related disasters ranging from ice storms, to floods and tornadoes. On May 4, 2007, an F5 tornado devastated the town of Greensburg, Kansas. Findley assisted in the state government’s response. With encouragement from the Sebelius Administration, the residents of Greensburg embarked on an effort to rebuild their town using renewable and efficient building methods.[7]

Lieutenant governor[edit]

Appointment[edit]

On April 28, 2009, then-Governor Kathleen Sebelius was confirmed by the United States Senate as the 21st Secretary of Health and Human Services. Lt. Governor Mark Parkinson was sworn in as Kansas’ 45th governor on the same day.[8]

Troy Findley is sworn in as the 48th Lt. Governor of Kansas

On May 14, 2009, Gov. Parkinson appointed Findley as the state’s 48th lieutenant governor. Parkinson cited Findley’s fitness for office and bipartisan record in his remarks at the swearing in ceremony.[9]

Responsibilities[edit]

Findley’s responsibilities as lieutenant governor include serving as the senior strategic advisor to the governor and, as prescribed by the Kansas Constitution, serving as acting governor when Parkinson is out of the state.[10]

In addition to those responsibilities, Findley chairs both the Governor’s Energy Cabinet Team and the Governor’s Recovery Act Advisory Group. He is also the Governor’s designee to the Midwest Cancer Alliance Partner Advisory Board.[2]

2010 Legislative Session[edit]

In the first months of the Parkinson-Findley Administration, state revenues slipped significantly as the global economic downturn took a toll on the state's income tax returns. Because the Kansas Constitution requires a balanced budget, Governor Parkinson instituted over $1 billion in spending cuts using his allotment authority, more than any governor in Kansas history.[11]

During the 2010 legislative session, the Parkinson-Findley Administration led a bipartisan coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans on a successful effort to balance the budget without additional cuts to schools, Medicaid, law enforcement and other social services.[12]

In the same session, the Parkinson-Findley Administration spearheaded successful efforts to pass a 10-year, $8.4 billion comprehensive transportation plan.[13]

Other significant legislation included passage of primary seatbelt law, a ban on texting while driving, a statewide indoor smoking ban, and increased penalties for drunk drivers.[14]

Post Session[edit]

In the final months of the Parkinson-Findley Administration, Findley has focused on expanding renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities in Kansas. As chair of the Governor’s Energy Cabinet Team, Findley has actively supported efforts to build the transmission lines in western Kansas that will enable the region to generate and export renewable energy.[15]

The Energy Cabinet Team's final report indicated positive growth in the renewable energy sector during the Parkinson/Findley Administration and encouraged the next administration to continue their pro-renewable energy policies.[16]

Personal[edit]

Findley lives in Topeka with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Zachary.[2]

Organizations[edit]

  • Chair, Governor's Energy Cabinet Team
  • Governors Designee, Midwest Cancer Alliance Partner Advisory Board
  • Lawrence Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Kansas Alumni Association

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lt. Governor Findley". Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Lieutenant Governor Troy Findley | Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson". Governor.ks.gov. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  3. ^ Topeka Capital-Journal (1999). "Poor may get more tax relief from Legislature". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Reader's Digest: Kansas has best roads in U.S.". Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Governor's FY 2000 Budget Report". Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ "On the issues:Kathleen Sebelius". Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Meet the People of Greensburg". Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Governor Mark Parkinson | Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson". Governor.ks.gov. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  9. ^ "Findley named lieutenant governor". CJOnline.com. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  10. ^ "Constitution of the State of Kansas". Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Gov. Mark Parkinson's State of the State speech | Wichitopekington | Wichita Eagle Blogs". Blogs.kansas.com. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  12. ^ 1 hour, 55 minutes ago (2010-05-11). "Tax, budget bills sent to governor". KTKA.com. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  13. ^ "05.25.10: Governor signs bill to create tens of thousands of jobs in Kansas | Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson". Governor.ks.gov. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  14. ^ "05.24.10 : Governor Parkinson makes Kansas roads safer with legislation | Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson". Governor.ks.gov. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  15. ^ First Med Family & Walk-in Care 785-865-5300 (2010-06-17). "Federal decision should help develop wind energy industry in Kansas / LJWorld.com". .ljworld.com. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  16. ^ http://governor.ks.gov/media-room/45-press-releases/794-101510-lt-governor-findley-releases-2010-kansas-energy-report

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