Kansas’ incoming Democratic governor is keeping her Republican predecessor’s budget director, saying he’s proven he can work with legislators of all political stripes.

Governor-elect Laura Kelly announced Friday that former state Representative Larry Campbell will remain a key adviser on fiscal policy.  Departing GOP Governor Jeff Colyer appointed Campbell to the post in February 2018.

Campbell is a 63-year-old former banker who served 13 years in the House as a Republican before becoming budget director.  He is a former Olathe mayor and a current member of its City Council.

Kelly called Campbell “a team player who wants to find solutions.”

The new governor served 14 years in the Senate and was a key player in budget debates for almost a decade.

Kelly takes office on January 14th.

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