Jeff Colyer

American politician in Kansas (born 1960)

Jeffrey William Colyer (born June 3, 1960) is an American surgeon and politician. On January 31, 2018, he became the 47th Governor of Kansas. Before, he was the 49th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas serving under Governor Sam Brownback. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was a member of the Kansas Senate (2009–2011) and of the Kansas House of Representatives (2007–2009).[1]

Jeff Colyer
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47th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 31, 2018 – January 14, 2019
LieutenantTracey Mann
Preceded bySam Brownback
Succeeded byLaura Kelly
49th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 31, 2018
GovernorSam Brownback
Preceded byTroy Findley
Succeeded byTracey Mann
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 37th district
In office
January 12, 2009 – January 10, 2011
Preceded byDennis M. Wilson
Succeeded byRaymond Merrick
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
from the 48th district
In office
January 8, 2007 – January 12, 2009
Preceded byEric Carter
Succeeded byMarvin Kleeb
Personal details
Jeffrey William Colyer

(1960-06-03) June 3, 1960 (age 62)
Hays, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Ruth Gutierrez
EducationGeorgetown University (BS)
Clare Hall, Cambridge (MA)
University of Kansas, Kansas City (MD)

Colyer was a White House Fellow under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He worked in international affairs.[2]

On January 24, 2018, Vice President Mike Pence broke a 49-49 tie vote to make Governor Brownback the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.[3] Governor Brownback resigned on January 25, 2018 to serve as the ambassador, thus making Colyer the designate governor.[4]

On August 14, 2018, Colyer lost the Republican nomination to Secretary of State Kris Kobach for Governor in the 2018 election by 345 votes.[5][6]


  1. Smith, Mitch; Eligon, John (2017-07-27). "Waiting in the Wings in Kansas: Who Is Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer?". The New York Times. New York, NY. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  2. "Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D." Office of the Governor, State of Kansas. Archived from the original on January 12, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  3. Smith, Mitch; Fortin, Jacey (July 26, 2017). "Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas Will Be Nominated as Religious Ambassador". New York Times. New York City. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  4. Pappas, Alex (January 25, 2018). "Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback resigns to take Trump administration role". Fox News. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  5. Lee, Kurtis. "Incumbent Jeff Colyer concedes GOP primary for Kansas governor to Kris Kobach, a staunch Trump ally". Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  6. Binder, John (14 August 2018). "Trump-Endorsed Kris Kobach Makes History, Unseats Incumbent Kansas Governor". Breitbart.

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