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Jeff Colyer
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47th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 31, 2018 – January 14, 2019
Lieutenant Tracey Mann
Preceded by Sam Brownback
Succeeded by Laura Kelly
49th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 31, 2018
Governor Sam Brownback
Preceded by Troy Findley
Succeeded by Tracey Mann
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 37th district
In office
January 12, 2009 – January 10, 2011
Preceded by Dennis M. Wilson
Succeeded by Raymond Merrick
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
from the 48th district
In office
January 8, 2007 – January 12, 2009
Preceded by Eric Carter
Succeeded by Marvin Kleeb
Personal details
Born
Jeffrey William Colyer

June 3, 1960 (1960-06-03) (age 60)
Hays, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ruth Gutierrez
Education Georgetown University (BS)
Clare Hall, Cambridge (MA)
University of Kansas, Kansas City (MD)

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).

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

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. Governor Brownback resigned on January 25, 2018 to serve as the ambassador, thus making Colyer the designate governor.

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

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