Kansas’ incoming Democratic governor is keeping her Republican predecessor’s budget director, saying he’s proven he can work with legislators of all political stripes.
Governor-elect Laura Kelly announced Friday that former state Representative Larry Campbell will remain a key adviser on fiscal policy. Departing GOP Governor Jeff Colyer appointed Campbell to the post in February 2018.
Campbell is a 63-year-old former banker who served 13 years in the House as a Republican before becoming budget director. He is a former Olathe mayor and a current member of its City Council.
Kelly called Campbell “a team player who wants to find solutions.”
The new governor served 14 years in the Senate and was a key player in budget debates for almost a decade.
Kelly takes office on January 14th.
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