Mission Hills lawmaker jumps from GOP to Democrat party

December 13, 2018 - 6:03 am

A Kansas State Senator who was stripped of a committee leadership post after she endorsed then-Democratic candidate for governor Laura Kelly has switched parties. 

Sen. Barbara Bollier of Mission Hills said the Republican Party no longer represents her values. In July, Senate President Susan Wagle removed Bollier as vice chairwoman of the Senate health committee after she endorsed Kelly over the GOP's Kris Kobach. Wagle at the time said her hand was forced, saying Bollier had lost credibility within the Republican caucus.

Far from conciliatory, Wagle was quoted in The Star that she was surprised Bollier had not ended her façade as a Democrat before.

Bollier remains a vocal supporter of the governor-elect. The Kansas City Star reports she spent election night at Kelly's watch party.

Bollier said a key moment in her decision came when the Kansas GOP adopted a platform with what she sees as an anti-transgender provision. Republicans still outnumber Democrats in the Kansas Senate by 29 to 10. There is one independent. 

Bollier also said she cannot be complicit in supporting President Donald Trump. 

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