After weeks of controversey the Kansas Senate confirmed Governor Laura Kelly’s commerce secretary David Toland.
The vote on Secretary David Toland was 23-14.
Governor Laura Kelly issued this statement in support of the decision:
“I’m pleased the Senate voted to confirm David Toland as our Secretary of Commerce. He represents the best and brightest this state has to offer. His energy, expertise and collaborative style will ensure that businesses have the partner they deserve and that the Kansas economy continues to grow. David is a seventh generation Kansan who has given back to his hometown of Iola, as well as so many other communities across the state. Now is the time for Secretary Toland to get to work on behalf of our entire state.”
Toland formerly served 11 years as executive director of the Iola-based economic development group Thrive Allen County. He earned praise from business leaders and local chambers of commerce across the state.
The anti-abortion group Kansans for Life opposed his confirmation. Thrive Allen County received two grants totaling less than $20,000 to promote women’s health from a fund named for the late abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.
Toland served as Kelly’s unpaid campaign treasurer last year.