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Office of Public Affairs

Welcome to the Office of Public Affairs. The office is charged with executing internal and external communications for the Department of Administration, including contact with media, assisting with Kansas Open Records Act requests and coordinating with other agency public information officers. The agency publishes a monthly newsletter, Connected, that is distributed to all Department of Administration employees.

The office also serves as the legislative liaison between the agency and the Kansas Legislature. The office works with legislators, the governor's office and other state agencies on policy matters and provides information to help guide decisions.

South Steps FridaysIn addition, the Office of Public Affairs coordinates the annual South Steps Fridays at the Kansas Statehouse. The event, complete with live music, provided through a partnership with the University of Kansas School of Music and Reach Out Kansas, and a variety of informational displays, provides a venue for visiting the beautiful and historic Kansas Statehouse and kick off the weekend. Learn about exciting and diverse Kansas attractions and organizations. Events are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Friday from the end of May until early August.  The events and space for providing information booths are free of charge.

Contact:
John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, 785.296.6866

Visiting Topeka
If you are planning a trip to Topeka to visit the Kansas Statehouse or other state office buildings, you can download a copy of the map of the area, including a location of state agencies housed in the Capitol Complex. Enjoy your visit. 

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News releases

New statue honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower unveiled on Statehouse grounds

Oct 22, 2018
Officials remove the drape covering the Eisenhower Statue

TOPEKA – Governor Jeff Colyer and members of the Eisenhower family participated in the official unveiling of a new statue honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the Statehouse grounds Monday. The statue is located on the northwest lawn of the Capitol.

“Ike is the true definition of a leader. I take great pride in the fact that one of the greatest leaders of the past century was from Abilene, Kansas, right here in the true heart of America,” said Gov. Colyer, M.D. “Ike taught us that in order to effectively lead, you need to listen and serve, a model for all Kansans to follow.”

President Eisenhower became the 34th President of the United States in 1953, before that serving in the U.S. Army during World War I. In World War II, he served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force.

“We are deeply humbled that my Grandfather would be honored in this way,” said Mary Eisenhower Atwater. “This statue will act as a beacon of light for all who see it and come from simple beginnings to strive for their dreams.  It is only fitting that this statue looks on the Kansas Capitol grounds reminding him of where he started and where he lays to rest.”

In February, Gov. Colyer chose to sign SB 262, which authorized the construction of the statue, as the first bill he signed in to law. The bill signing was held at the Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene.

The statue is now the fourth tribute to President Eisenhower on the Statehouse grounds.