Kansas’ new Democratic governor is expected to take office promising a bipartisan administration.
But Gov.-elect Laura Kelly and her supporters also will be celebrating a sharp break with her conservative Republican predecessors.
Kelly was scheduled to be sworn in as the state’s 48th governor Monday. Her inaugural address was likely to stress the broad themes that underpinned her successful campaign last year.
She’s a veteran state senator from Topeka. She pitched herself to voters as a no-nonsense problem-solver who could work with Republicans. They control the Legislature.
Kelly’s victory drew national attention partly because she defeated Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. He’s a staunch conservative who touted an endorsement from President Donald Trump that helped him win a narrow victory over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the GOP primary.