Rep. Barbara Ballard was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1992 and she represents most of western Lawrence. As a state legislator, Ballard is active on the House Appropriations Committee. She also serves on the House Committees on Social Services Budget, Transportation, and Calendar and Printing, as well as the Joint Committee on Legislative Educational Planning. Ballard was the first black member elected to the House Leadership team and has served as Democratic Caucus Chair for over 10 years. Ballard has lived in Lawrence for 28 years with her husband, Albert. They have one son and two grandchildren.