Governors Midwest Initiatives Events

Kansas

 

Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri

 

Kansas

KANSAS
State Capital: Topeka
Lt. Governor: Statehood: January 29, 1861
Population: 2,802,134
US Congressional Districts: 4
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Flower: Sunflower

KS Governor

 

GOVERNOR JEFF COLYER
47TH GOVERNOR OF KANSAS
SWORN IN: JANUARY 31, 2018
FIRST TERM
NEXT ELECTION: NOVEMBER 2018

On January 31, 2018, Jeff Colyer, M.D. was sworn in as the 47th Governor of Kansas. Dr. Colyer is a fifth generation Kansan from Hays who is dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives on the personal, state, national and international level.

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Colyer has volunteered, as a surgeon, in dangerous war zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, Libya, and Africa. He was an International Medical Corps volunteer and the only surgeon in southern Rwanda during the genocide that killed 800,000 people.

Dr. Colyer also served as a White House Fellow under President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush in international affairs.

Dr. Colyer led the Kansas Medicaid transformation, which will save Kansans $1 billion over 10 years, while increasing services. This was done without reducing provider payments and has actually increased the number of Kansans covered by the new KanCare managed care program.

Dr. Colyer earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in international relations from Cambridge University, and a medical doctorate from University of Kansas, School of Medicine.

Dr. Colyer and his wife, Ruth, have been married since 1991 and have three daughters Alexandra, Serena and Dominique.

At home in Kansas, Dr. Colyer is driven to serve his community. As a craniofacial/plastic surgeon he is passionate about reconstructing complex skull and facial deformities in children. Elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006 and the Kansas Senate in 2008, Dr. Colyer has been a leader on taxes, fiscally responsible budgeting and healthcare policy.