Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. is a fifth generation Kansan from Hays who is dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives on the personal, state, national and international level.
Lt. Governor Colyer assists Governor Brownback with directing the state budget, economic policy, and healthcare policy. Jeff has lead the Kansas Medicaid transformation, which will save Kansans $1 billion over 10 years while increasing services. This was done without cutting provider payments or cutting those who need services off Medicaid.
Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in international relations from Cambridge University, and a medical doctorate from University of Kansas, School of Medicine.
Over the last 25 years, Jeff has volunteered, as a surgeon, in dangerous warzones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, Libya, and Africa. Jeff was an International Medical Corps volunteer and the only surgeon in southern Rwanda during the genocide that killed 800,000 people.
Jeff also served as a White House Fellow under President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush in international affairs.
At home in Kansas, Jeff is driven to serve his community. As a craniofacial/plastic surgeon Jeff is passionate about reconstructing complex skull and facial deformities in children. Elected to the Kansas House in 2006 and the Kansas Senate in 2008, Jeff has been a leader on taxes, fiscally responsible budgeting, and healthcare policy.
Jeff and his wife, Ruth, have been married for over 20 years and have three daughters Alexandra, Serena, and Dominique.