At the close of my term as your governor, I would like Kansans to know of my sincere gratitude for the time I have had to serve the people of this great state. I have always felt called to service, and the opportunity to do so as your governor has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. It has been an honor to meet Kansans across our state and see the good they are doing.
On my first day in office, Caroline from Salina gave me some advice that I used during my time in office and that will continue to shape my mindset moving forward. She told me “There’s a reason they make the rearview mirror in a car small, and the windshield big. We are looking forward not backwards.”
As your governor it has been my goal to move our state forward. During my first month in office I signed executive orders creating new policies about harassment in the workplace and transparency in government. It is my hope that these policies will continue to set the standard for many years to come. I’m also proud of what we have accomplished with the economy. Unemployment is at record lows, we have more people working than ever before, and job creation is on the rise. Truly, Kansas has a brighter future because of the hard work done by so many over the past year, and we can’t go back.
In my inaugural address, I asked the people of Kansas to take up the call to serve; to look outside themselves and find ways to help their neighbors and their communities. In the past year as your governor and the seven years before that as lieutenant governor, I have seen this happening in every corner of our state. The brightest example of this spirit of service is exhibited in our young people. It’s inspiring to see them excited to make a difference in their communities. They are our future, and they love to serve.
As I leave office, it is my hope that we will all find ways to do a little more good in the world around us. Search out opportunities to serve your fellow man and make the world, our country, and the state of Kansas a better place. I myself plan on continuing to serve my patients, the public and my fellow Kansans. I’ve often said that Kansas is the true heart of America; you all are the reason that statement rings true. I love this state and the people who call it home. May God continue to bless you, and may God continue to bless the great state of Kansas.
Dr. Jeff Colyer is governor of Kansas.