TOPEKA — Chief budget officer Larry Campbell will continue serving in that role in the administration of Democratic Gov.-elect Laura Kelly.
The announcement came Friday morning.
The veteran Republican lawmaker and retired banker from Olathe was selected for the job by Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer in February 2018. He took over the job from Shawn Sullivan, who handled budget issues for Gov. Sam Brownback.
“Larry took the helm at the budget office at an uncertain time because he’s a team player who wants to find solutions for Kansas," Kelly said in a statement. "That’s exactly why I want him to continue serving in my administration. He has proven his ability to work with lawmakers of all political stripes and to reach bipartisan compromise. I am confident he will help steer our state back to fiscal stability.”
Campbell represented Olathe in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1997 to 2004 and then again from 2012 to 2018.
In that time he served on a wide range of committees, most recently as the chairman of the House Education Budget Committee.
When he was selected for the job in February, Campbell said his legislative background would be useful in working through that budget debate. He was in management at five banks during his 35-year career in the industry. He earned a master’s degree in business and nearly completed a doctorate in leadership management.
He has also served five terms on the Olathe City Council, including three terms as mayor.
“I am honored to join Governor-elect Kelly’s team,” said Campbell. “I share her common sense approach to governing and strong commitment to finding bipartisan solutions. I look forward to working with the Kansas Legislature in 2019 to enact a balanced, fiscally responsible budget that reflects our shared Kansas values.”
The Kansas Division of the Budget is staffed by 10 nonpartisan, professional budget analysts who monitor agency budgets, cash flow of the State General Fund, and a series of other duties related to budget execution and financial administration.