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Kansas US Senate

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    Barbara Bollier
    (Dem)

  • Jason Buckley
    (Lib)

  • Roger Marshall
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

In the current political environment, how do you propose working with others in Congress to accomplish representing issues that apply to Kansas?

What federal issues do you see as having the greatest impact on Kansas? How do you propose to address these issues?

What, if any, steps [will you/should our nation] take concerning healthcare and healthcare access? Should mental health be addressed? Why or why not, and how should mental health be included?

What measures do you support, if any, concerning voting rights, setting voting policies, and securing elections in our country?

What, if any, steps should our country take concerning campaign financing and the influence of money in politics?

What is your position on gun control? What measures, if any, do you support or oppose to deal with gun violence?

What steps, if any, should be taken towards immigration reform? What do you support/oppose in current immigration policy?

Of the many issues facing the U.S., which three are your priorities? How might you best address these issues?

Personal Biography Senator Barbara Bollier is a longtime public servant and retired doctor. Barbara has spent her entire career - both as a doctor and as a public servant - fighting for strong schools, affordable healthcare, balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility. She has been recognized and respected as an independent voice for all Kansans. Barbara is running to represent the Great State of Kansas in the United States Senate.
Campaign Phone (913) 216-3584
Education Undergraduate Degree: University of Kansas MD: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Community/Public Service Barbara has been active on the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Board. She tutored public school students, volunteered at Pembroke Hill School, served as a respite caregiver and as an elder at Village Presbyterian Church. She also taught in the Bioethics Masters program at Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience. She has been a state legislator for nearly a decade.
Address P.O. Box 1647, Mission, KS 66222
I became a doctor in order to help people. I went into public service to fix things that were broken. I’ll be a Senator who does both. I have always believed that in order to get things done, we need to work with others — no matter what party they come from. Almost all of us agree on many issues important to the lives of Kansans — access to health care, good-paying jobs, a strong education system. During my time in the legislature I have worked with members of both parties to push for common sense legislation, like Medicaid expansion and addressing surprise medical billing. When I get to Congress, the first thing I will do is develop relationships with senators from both parties and listen to them not to respond, but to understand, which will enable me to work across the aisle to get things done.
My father was a doctor, my mother was a nurse practitioner, and I followed in their footsteps to become a doctor myself. I first got into public service because I witnessed firsthand just how broken our healthcare system is — the costs are far too high and access is too low. This has only become more apparent during the coronavirus pandemic. In the U.S. Senate, just like I did in Topeka as a state legislator, I’ll fight to expand access to affordable health care for all. We can do that by ensuring Kansans can keep their private insurance if they choose, while at the same time giving access to an affordable public option. I’ll also work to drive down the cost of prescriptions to save Americans money.
Even before a pandemic hit, as a doctor, I knew that protecting and expanding Kansans’ access to health care was a top priority. As a state legislator, I led the charge on trying to expand Medicaid here in Kansas, which would give 130,000 more people access to affordable health care. I have also been on the front lines of the fight to address surprise medical billing, which can devastate families financially. As a U.S. Senator, I will work to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act and people with pre-existing conditions who are justifiably concerned about what repealing the ACA — which every one of my potential opponents supports — would do to their ability to access care. And of course mental health should be addressed in any conversation about improving our health care system. We need to ensure that all Americans have access to the care they need, both preventative and when they are ill.
The right to vote in this country is sacred. I am very troubled by reports of potential threats to our ability to vote by foreign interference and support efforts that will secure our systems against external threats. But we also need to make it easier for people to participate in our democracy — especially during a pandemic. We should encourage consistency across Kansas counties for advanced voting, consider same day registration for all eligible voters, and provide postage paid return envelopes for mail-in ballots.
For too long, corporate special interests and career politicians have profited off of Washington’s dysfunction and fought against commonsense legislation to improve our government. I’m proud to have the endorsement of groups focused on these issues, like End Citizens United and Let America Vote, and I look forward to working with them to achieve comprehensive campaign finance reform and protect the right to vote.
I learned to shoot and hunt from my father — and most importantly, how to do it safely. As a physician, I’ve seen the consequences of gun violence first hand. It is absolutely possible to support the Second Amendment and reasonable gun safety legislation. Gun violence is a public health issue. Right now, our children aren’t safe – and we simply must do more. Like almost everyone, including the majority of NRA members, I support universal background checks and reasonable gun safety training standards.

As a state legislator, I introduced legislation that, under a judge’s order, would allow law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from people who are found to be a threat to themselves or others. This is a reasonable way to keep guns aways from dangerous people, like domestic abusers or those who might harm themselves. This is especially important during a pandemic, where unfortunately many people are trapped inside, in stressful situations, with their abusers. Lives are at stake.
Congress has long put off reforms and played politics which has exacerbated problems with our immigration system. While I absolutely support strong border security, Congress must also work together to craft comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrants play a critical role in Kansas’ economy, and we need to find a pathway to citizenship for those in our country who have stayed out of trouble and who are contributing to our society. I do not support separating children from their parents who are seeking asylum in this country.
Health care: As I’ve mentioned, it didn’t take a pandemic for me to fight for expanded access to affordable health care here in Kansas and across the country — Medicaid expansion and lowered prescription drug costs are things I’ve been fighting for during my entire time in the state legislature.

Security: The best way to keep Americans safe is to remain a global leader and to continue to work closely with our international allies. Our allies multiply our strength and influence abroad and our diplomats work everyday to make Americans safer. Diplomacy is our first line of defense in national security.

The environment: I believe in science and I know that climate change and extreme weather are some of the most significant challenges facing all Kansans, including our farmers and ranchers. Kansas has seen extreme weather impact our communities and our economy. We must reduce carbon emissions, invest more in green energy, diversify our crops, and modernize our infrastructure.
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