Barbara Bollier for US Senate
A Voice OF REASON
A Voice OF REASON
Dr. Barbara Bollier
for US Senate
Senator Barbara Bollier became a doctor to help people. She went into public service to fix things that were broken. And she is running for the US Senate to be a voice of reason in Washington.
After a career as a physician, Barbara ran for the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010 to make a difference across the state. There, she served as an independent voice for Kansans, earning a reputation as a leader willing to stand up to both political parties.
Barbara is a strong advocate for public schools, access to affordable healthcare and balanced budgets. Following the Great Recession, she worked with a bi-partisan coalition to put the state back on sound fiscal footing. And when Governor Sam Brownback forced his tax experiment on Kansas, she stood up to Gov. Brownback and his allies and voted no.
In 2016, Barbara was elected to the State Senate. There, she continued her work to reverse the Brownback tax experiment, fund our schools, and make healthcare more affordable for all. She partnered with then-Senator Laura Kelly and other common-sense leaders to build the bipartisan coalition that ultimately ended the failed Brownback tax plan that devastated Kansas for years.
As a doctor, Barbara continues to be a leading voice of support for expanding Medicaid in Kansas. In 2019, she called out the Kansas Senate leadership for blocking Medicaid expansion while rural hospitals continued to struggle and close. She currently serves on the Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion tasked with building a bi-partisan plan to ensure healthcare for all Kansans.
Community service has been a cornerstone of Barbara’s life. Her advocacy for education led to her work for the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Board, tutoring public school students, and volunteering at Pembroke Hill School. She has served as a respite caregiver and as an elder at Village Presbyterian Church. Her medical background led to several years of work with the Center for Practical Bioethics and included teaching in the Bioethics Masters program at Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience. In 2010, Barbara was honored with the Center’s Vision to Action Award.
The daughter of a doctor and nurse, Barbara Bollier grew up in Fairway and Mission Hills where she attended Kansas public schools. She graduated from KU and went on to earn a medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. While at medical school, she met and married fellow classmate, René Bollier.
In 1987, Barbara joined her father in his anesthesia practice at Surgicenter of Kansas City. She and her husband have two children, Anne-Marie and Bobby. She enjoys reading, hiking, fly fishing and playing golf.