Laura was elected to the Kansas Senate in 2004; the first and only elected office she’s held. Laura was immediately recognized as a legislator who was willing and able to work across the partisan aisle to get things done. After just two years in the Senate, she was asked to serve as the Ranking Minority member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. She has worked hard to craft budgets that focus on services essential to the people of Kansas and that are wise investments in the future of Kansas.
Laura has been a leader in efforts to reform health care, making it more affordable and more accessible to more Kansans. Additionally, she was a key player in the establishment and funding of the Early Childhood Development Block Grants which will ensure that more Kansas children are ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten.
Laura’s commitment to growing the Kansas economy is evidenced by her support of the engines that drive growth: higher education, job training, infrastructure and policies that make Kansas attractive to businesses, old and new, large and small, urban and rural.
Having been reared in a career military family, Laura is keenly aware of the needs of the men and women who serve our country in uniform, and of their families. To that end, she has advocated for programs that help our active military and National Guard members when they are deployed and when they come home.
Laura is married to Ted Daughety MD, Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders. They have two daughters, Kathleen Daughety, MBA, Denver, CO; Molly Daughety, MD, Portland, OR.