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The Kansas Picture

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September 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and former Rep. Jim Slattery

Kansas shook the nation’s political landscape once already this year with an abortion referendum, which only set the stage for a big midterm in which both parties have much at state in the state.

With former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and former Rep. Jim Slattery.

Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. is the longest serving Lt. Governor in Kansas history and the 47th Governor. He made Kansas the first state to privatize its entire Medicaid Program into Kancare saving $2.5billion, expanded services and is the basis of many other states programs. A surgeon known for volunteering in 25 war zones from Rwanda to Syria, he provides trauma reconstruction in Kansas City. He advises companies and investment firms in the US and abroad. Originally from Hays, Governor Colyer has degrees from Georgetown, Cambridge University and KU Med.

Jim Slattery served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the second district of Kansas. He was a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee during his entire 12-year tenure in Congress. Slattery is currently President of Slattery Strategy LLC, a consulting firm located in McLean, Virginia. He started this firm in October 2019 after completing a 24-year career with Wiley Rein, LLP a prominent Washington D.C. law firm. Slattery was also the 1994 Democrat nominee for Governor in Kansas and the 2008 Democrat nominee for the U.S. Senate.

This semester’s eight-part Discussion Group series, “Big Stakes, Big Consequences,” will be led by Gerald F. Seib.

Gerald F. Seib has been a journalist with The Wall Street Journal for almost 45 years. He served as the Journal’s Executive Washington Editor, and wrote the weekly “Capital Journal” column for 29 years. He also reported from the Middle East for the Journal in the mid-1980s, covered the White House, has moderated three presidential debates, and interviewed every president since Ronald Reagan.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located on KU’s West Campus and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive, and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public service and the legacies of US Senators Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole.

Dole Fellows Program is made possible by:
Newman’s Own Foundation

Seib’s residency is sponsored by:
The Dolph Simons Family Fund


September 28
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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The Dole Institute of Politics
2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045
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