Laura Kelly on Principles & Values



Kansas is, at its heart, a small-town kind of state

As we move Kansas forward, it's critical that we not lose sight of what makes our state unique. That we preserve what it means to be a Kansan…what's fundamental to our identity. And that would be rural Kansas. Kansas is, at its heart, a small-town kind of state. One million people--a third of our population--live in communities with fewer than 40 people per square mile. The people who work in our state's most important industry don't wear suits; they wear boots and jeans.
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to Kansas legislature , Jan 10, 2024

My message is this: Continue to meet me in the middle

All of this happened because we came together, Democrats and Republicans. Not a single bill would have been signed into law if people had just dug in their heels and refused to budge. Our friends in Washington could learn a thing or two from how we operate here in Kansas. But we can't get complacent. My message to you tonight is this: Continue to meet me in the middle. That's how Kansans solve differences in their everyday lives, and it's the only way we'll solve the big challenges ahead of us.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Kansas legislature , Jan 24, 2023

We can be as good and decent as the people who sent us here

When I talk to Kansans the most common theme I hear is: "I am so sick and tired of all the political fighting." It's all become so toxic. Now the people in this Chamber didn't cause this problem. But the people in this Chamber can be part of the solution. We can turn down the temperature. We can be civil and compromise. We can be role models for our children. We can put allegiance to Kansans ahead of allegiance to political party. We can be as good and as decent as the people who sent us here.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Kansas legislature , Jan 11, 2022

Leaders must set an example that we share a common bond

This year, working together isn't simply something I want--it's something we owe to the people of Kansas. This year, as leaders, we must commit ourselves to set an example. In how we conduct ourselves. In the things we say to each other, what we post on social media, in what we tell people back home in our communities. This year, we must show Kansans that, even when we stand on opposite sides of the aisle, we still always share a common bond as Kansans and Americans.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Kansas legislature , Jan 13, 2021

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vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
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vs.Jeff Landry(R)
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MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
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vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
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UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
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vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
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