Governor Laura Kelly Named “Common Ground Champion” for Bipartisan Leadership

~~Nonpartisan Scorecard Ranks Kelly Highest in Kansas, Second-Highest Governor in the US~~

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly has been named a “Common Ground Champion” for her bipartisan leadership and commitment to working across the aisle to deliver results for Kansans. This recognition comes from the Common Ground Committee (CGC), a nonpartisan organization devoted to improving public discourse in politics, as part of their Common Ground Scorecard of elected officials. She is the highest-ranking elected official in Kansas and the second highest-ranking governor in the country.

In her first term, Governor Kelly signed 286 bipartisan bills into law.

“I have worked with Kansans of all political stripes to balance the budget, fully fund our schools, build a record-breaking economy, axe taxes, and invest in our law enforcement and infrastructure,” said Governor Kelly. “I am proud that my record reflects my commitment to working across the aisle to find common-sense solutions, and I thank the Common Ground Committee for this recognition.”

The scorecard assesses the degree to which elected officials and candidates for office seek points of agreement on social and political issues through listening and productive conversation. Governor Kelly has affirmed the “Common Ground Attributes,” which include listening first, staying respectful, and seeking progress.

“Americans are divided over the direction of the country and how to solve many issues we currently face. To make progress, leaders must be committed to working across the aisle and finding solutions that address all our citizens’ concerns,” said Erik Olsen, co-founder of CGC. “But while they are divided on issues, Americans agree that they want to see their representatives work together and solve problems. We hope that more lawmakers follow Gov. Kelly’s lead and make a commitment to finding common ground.”

Governor Kelly’s score of 80 out of 100 is 51 points higher than the national average score of 29 and 48 points higher than the Kansas average score of 32.

Click here For more information on the Common Ground Scorecard and Governor Kelly’s score.

For more information about the Common Ground Committee, contact Jim Luetkemeyer at