Jeff Colyer was sworn in as governor of Kansas on January 31, 2018. Prior to becoming governor, Colyer served as lieutenant governor from 2011-2018 and was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006 and the Kansas Senate in 2008.
Colyer is a fifth-generation Kansan from Hays and is a craniofacial/plastic surgeon. He has volunteered both at home and internationally, including in dangerous war zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, Libya, and Africa. In 1994, Colyer served as a volunteer with the International Medical Corps and was the only surgeon in southern Rwanda during the genocide.
Colyer also served as a White House Fellow for international affairs under Presidents Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in international relations from Cambridge University, and a medical doctorate from the University of Kansas, School of Medicine.
Colyer and his wife, Ruth, have three daughters Alexandra, Serena and Dominique.
Ruth Gutierrez Colyer became the first lady of Kansas when her husband, Governor Jeff Colyer, was sworn in as governor on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
Born into a military family, Mrs. Colyer credits her parents for teaching her the importance of family, service, education and a strong work ethic.
A first-generation college graduate, the first lady earned a degree in biology. She went on to pursue oncology research at the Department of Radiation Biophysics of the University of Kansas, the Children's National Medical Center-DC (as a member of the Bone Marrow Transplant Team), and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center as part of the first Genetic Therapy Team. She later started her own consulting company working with Children's Mercy Hospital and the Community Blood Bank.
In 1994, the first lady served alongside her husband when he was a volunteer surgeon with the International Medical Corps in southern Rwanda during the genocide.
The Colyers have been married for 25 years and have three daughters: Alexandra, Serena and Dominique.