1st District Commissioner - Patrick Kelly

1st District Commissioner - Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly
Commissioner Patrick Kelly


About Commissioner Kelly

Patrick has called Lawrence home since attending the University of Kansas beginning in 1989. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from KU and began teaching in the Lawrence Public Schools in 1999. Previously, Patrick has served Lawrence and Douglas County as a member of the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission and on the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission. He is active in Leadership Lawrence and with the Kansas Leadership Center, providing leadership training for a variety of organizations.

Patrick and his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Brynn, live in the Perry Park neighborhood. They all enjoy participating together in community theatre, along with his step-daughter, Victoria. Patrick’s civic engagement includes Theatre Lawrence, Van-Go Mobile Arts, Friends of the Lied, and the Lawrence Schools Foundation. In 2014, Patrick co-founded, Confabularryum, a free festival of creativity and making for the people of Lawrence and Douglas County.

Board Memberships

Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board

Economic Development Corporation Board

Heartland Works - Chief Elected Officials Board

Behavioral Health Leadership Coalition (BHLC)

Public Incentive Review Committee

Communities Included in First District

City of Lawrence (Central)

Contact Patrick

Phone: 785-393-8346


Map for Commission District

Voter Information Map

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