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Jeff Colyer

Jeff Colyer
49th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
Assumed office
January 10, 2011
Governor Sam Brownback
Preceded by Troy Findley
Member of the Kansas Senate from the 37th district
In office
January 12, 2009 – January 10, 2011
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives from the 48th district
In office
January 8, 2007 – January 12, 2009
Personal details
Born (1960-06-03) June 3, 1960
Hays, Kansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ruth Colyer
Residence Overland Park, Kansas

Jeffrey "Jeff" Colyer, M.D. (born June 3, 1960) is the 49th and current Lieutenant Governor of Kansas. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as a member of the Kansas Senate (2009–2011) and of the Kansas House of Representatives (2007–2009). He is also a physician, specializing in plastic surgery.[1]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Medical career 2
  • Political career 3
  • Committee assignments 4
  • Major donors 5
  • Gubernatorial Campaign 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life and education

A fifth-generation Kansan, Jeff Colyer was raised in Cambridge University in 1982, he obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kansas in 1986.[1]

Colyer had residency training in general surgery at the

  • Kansas Senate Biography
  • Project Vote Smart profile
  • Campaign contributions: 2006, 2008
  • Sen. Colyer's website
  • Colyer's Biography on campaign website
  • Colyer's Plastic Surgery Website

External links

  1. ^ a b c d "AesthetiCare Staff". AesthetiCare. 
  2. ^ a b c "Jeff Colyer: State senator, physician". Kansas Health Institute. 
  3. ^ a b c "Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D.".  
  4. ^ Profile from the Kansas Legislature
  5. ^ Jeff Colyer 2008 campaign contributions
  6. ^ Rothschild, Scott (November 8, 2010), "Colyer announces departure from Senate; endorses Merrick", Lawrence Journal-World 


On June 1, 2010, U.S. Senator Sam Brownback announced that Jeff Colyer would be his running mate. Brownback and Colyer were elected on November 2, 2010, and assumed office in January 2011. Colyer resigned his state Senate seat on January 10, 2011, prior to taking the oath of office as lieutenant governor.[6]

Gubernatorial Campaign

Colyer financed $25,000 of his own campaign, more than any of his other donor groups.

Jeff Colyer (self-finance), American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Koch Industries, Kansas Medical Society, Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee

Some of the top contributors to Colyer's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:[5]

Major donors

  • Assessment and Taxation
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Joint Committee on Health Policy Oversight
  • Public Health and Welfare

Colyer served on these legislative committees:[4]

Committee assignments

In 2006, Colyer was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives from the 48th district, receiving 62% in a three-way race. As a freshman legislator, he was selected to serve as chairman of the 2007 Legislative Health Reform Task Force.[3] In 2008, he was elected to the Kansas Senate to represent the 37th district, receiving 63% in another three-way race.

In the 2002 U.S. House of Representatives elections, Colyer was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination in Kansas's 3rd congressional district; he was defeated by Adam Taff, who lost the general election to incumbent Democrat Dennis Moore.[2]

Political career

In 1994, Colyer opened his own plastic/craniofacial surgery practice in Overland Park, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri.[1] He also volunteered with the International Medical Corps, providing medical care in such areas as Iraq, Rwanda, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan; his work earned him recognition on 60 Minutes, PBS, and People magazine.[3]

Medical career

[2], under whom Colyer currently serves as lieutenant governor.Sam Brownback; another was Lyndon Johnson He is one of only three Kansans to be named a White House Fellow since the program was started by President [3]

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