A Democrat, Kultala previously served in the Kansas Senate, the Unified Government Board of Commissioners in Wyandotte County and on the Piper Board of Education in Kansas City, Kan.
“Washington these days reminds me of when my daughters were little and would fight over their toys – lots of finger pointing and name calling but nothing gets done,” said Kelly Kultala. “From helping businesses grow jobs, to improving public education, to cutting wasteful spending – the challenges we face are too important to let gridlock in Congress stand in the way of solutions. As a business owner and public servant, I’ve always worked to bring people together to get results – and it’s these Kansas values of bipartisan, problem solving leadership that I’ll bring to Washington.”
More biographical information about Kultala:
A fifth-generation Kansan, Kelly went back to college when her youngest daughter was just six months old, earning her college degree from the University of Kansas. As a working mom, Kelly helped pay the bills and provide health care for her family as her husband battled Type 1 diabetes, underwent a kidney & pancreas transplant and beat cancer.
Kelly’s time in public service has been defined by working with Republicans and Democrats to focus on fixing problems that matter to her community. Kelly has served on the Piper School Board, as a commissioner on the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas and as a State Senator for the 5th District, which included western Wyandotte and eastern Leavenworth Counties.
As a State Senator she served on the Ways & Means Committee and was the ranking Minority Member on the Transportation Committee and Utilities Committee. She was part of the leadership team that crafted the T-Works Comprehensive Transportation Plan, creating 175,000 jobs throughout the state and she was instrumental in working with local and state officials to bring the Sporting KC Soccer Stadium and Cerner office complex to Wyandotte County, creating over 5,000 jobs.
Kelly is married to husband, Dan, for 35 years, and the Kultalas have three grown daughters, three sons-in-law and three grandchildren.
More information is available at www.KellyKultala.com