Kansas City, Kansas NATIVE Senator David Haley is in his 18th year in the Kansas Legislature ; having served six years in the Kansas House of Representatives and twelve years in the Kansas Senate. David serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and previously served ( during the national debate on whether or not to enact the US Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” led by US Health & Human Services’ Secretary and former KS Governor Kathleen Sebelius ) as the Ranking Member of the Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee. Beyond sitting appointments to the Senate Judiciary and Public Health & Welfare Committees, Senator David Haley is also a member of the Senate Redistricting AND Federal & State Affairs Committees.
His Joint ( Senate / House ) Committee assignments include : State Tribal Relations; Children’s Issues; Corrections & Juvenile Justice; State Trauma Board and Criminal Recodification .The only Democratic lawyer in the Kansas Senate, David also represents the Senate on the Kansas Sentencing Commission AND the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision AND the Justice Reinvestment Working Group AND the DUI Commission. He remains on the Kansas Aging Advisory Commission . He is Chairman of the Kansas Black Legislative Caucus (2010-2012) and sits on the Executive Board of the National Black Caucus of State Legislator (Chair/Region11).
David is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA AND of Howard University Law School in Washington, DC. A former Wyandotte County Assistant District Attorney, David also worked in legal capacities at every level of government; city, county, state and federal as well as in a prominent private law firm.
Today, in addition to legislative duties, David represents clients as public affairs counsel; renovates and develops domestic and international real properties; and is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker. He and his former wife, Michelle (a KCKS pediatrician) are the proud parents of four. His father, George W. Haley, was the first black ever elected to the KS Senate and served in the administrations of five US Presidents; culminating his career as the US Ambassador to Gambia, West Africa. David’s mother, Doris (Moxley) Haley, taught English / Speech / Drama at Northeast Junior AND Sumner High Schools in KCKS. His only sibling, Anne, is an attorney also; practicing in Los Angeles, CA. David is the nephew of ROOTS author, Alex Haley.