For 14 years, Laura Kelly has been the outsider looking in as a Democrat in the state senate.
Though she watched Republicans set policy, Kelly didnt let her underdog status go to waste. Instead she used it as a platform for compromise, crucial in garnering the support of moderate Republicans.
And though its true 80 percent of todays legislators have never served under a Democratic governor, Kellys legislative tenure has earned her their respect, making the transition an easier prospect.
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