Who is Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer?

Published: Jul. 26, 2017 at 8:08 PM CDT
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If Gov. Sam Brownback resigns, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will take over as governor.

We take a look at who Jeff Colyer is and what he's done as lieutenant governor.

Before taking office as lieutenant governor in 2011, Jeff Colyer served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009. He then served in the Kansas Senate until 2011.

According to the governor's website, Colyer led the Kansas Medicaid transformation, a process that monitors, assess and addresses policy issues in each major program area within Medicaid.

The governor's office projects the Medicaid transformation will save Kansans one billion dollars over 10 years.

Rep. John Whitmer says if Colyer takes over as governor, you likely won't notice a difference.

"Dr. Colyer's policies are very similar to the governor's, so I don't think we'll see much change if any. In fact on some of the key policy issues, Dr. Colyer may be to the right of Gov. Brownback in particular on Medicaid expansion," says Whitmer. "Some of my colleagues thought that was going to happen, Dr. Colyer fought that harder than the governor did."

If Brownback resigns, Colyer will hold the position until either the term ends, he decides to vacate it, or he's elected to the position.