Laura Kelly discusses plans for her gubernatorial administration

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Laura Kelly speaks with journalists on the Thursday after Election Day. Laura Kelly speaks with journalists on the Thursday after Election Day.
Laura Kelly leaving after her first news conference as Governor-elect of Kansas. Laura Kelly leaving after her first news conference as Governor-elect of Kansas.
Laura Kelly speaking with her security detail after her first news conference as Governor-elect of Kansas. Laura Kelly speaking with her security detail after her first news conference as Governor-elect of Kansas.
TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Kansans picked their new governor this week.  Now it's time for her to get to work.

Laura Kelly takes the oath of office in January.  But she's setting up her administration now.

She's got her priorities for the next four years.  They're the same things she spoke about during her campaign - fixing education, expanding Medicaid, repairing state roads. 

"I have not put them in numerical order yet," she laughed while speaking with journalists from around the state Thursday at the Statehouse in Topeka.

Most things, she says, will depend a lot on what legislators do.  But one thing she can do herself,  return job protections to state LGBTQ workers.  

"I am planning to actually have that executive order drafted before I take office," she said.  "So that, as soon as it's possible to do that, I will reinstate that."

She's already concentrating on building her administration, promising to find skilled people from both sides of the aisle.

"We promised already to create an Office of Rural Prosperity. And that will be the Lieutenant Governor's office," she announced. 

She picked her Lieutenant Governor, Lynn Rogers, in part for his background as an agricultural banker.  Also a former Wichita School Board member, he'll likely play a large role in any education initiatives.

Another name that came up, Duane Goossen, a former state budget director.  

"We did meet with Jeff Colyer yesterday and some of his staff," Kelly said about beginning the transition process.  "And in that meeting I did have... Duane Goossen was with us as well as my current campaign manager."

But she said no decisions have been made as to what role he or anyone else will play in her administration.

The work of moving Laura Kelly upstairs from her first floor senator's office into the second floor Governor's office will take quite some time.  The only time line Kelly is giving right now is a deadline, January 14th, her Inauguration Day. 

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