Former State Senator Formally Launches Run For Congress

Kelly Kultala

A former state senator officially launched her campaign for Congress Tuesday.

Democrat Kelly Kultala announced she will challenge incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder for the state's 3rd District seat.

“From helping businesses grow jobs, to improving public education, to cutting wasteful spending – the challenges we face are too important to let gridlock in Congress stand in the way of solutions," Kultala said in a statement announcing her candidacy. "As a business owner and public servant, I’ve always worked to bring people together to get results – and it’s these Kansas values of bipartisan, problem solving leadership that I’ll bring to Washington.”

Kultala says she is a fifth-generation Kansan. She has served on the Piper School Board, as a commissioner for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas and as a State Senator for the 5th District, encompassing western Wyandotte and eastern Leavenworth Counties.

In 2010, she was fellow Sen. Tom Holland's running mate in the gubernatorial race against Sam Brownback.

Kultala and her husband have been married for 35 years. They have three grown daughters, who are all married, and three grandchildren.