David Haley is Kansas State Senator of the 4th Senatorial District. The District's boundaries are, approximately: the Kansas State Line/Missouri River (North); the Kansas/Missouri State Line (East); the Interstate 70 Corridor (South); and the 86th Street Corridor (West) all in Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas.
In 2016, against the backdrop of the Trump/Clinton campaign, Senator David Haley was re-elected to a fifth term to the Kansas Senate with no primary or general election opposition. When completed, this term makes him the longest serving African-American legislator in Kansas history. Nominated the Democratic nominee for the Kansas Secretary of State in 2002 and 2006, he was only the third Afri-Kansan to run statewide in Kansas. In 1997, David Haley was elected in the primary election to run in the general election of the first Mayor/CEO of the, then newly created, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas; a first for any African-American in Kansas City, Kansas. First elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1994, Representative Haley was re-elected to a second term by over 82% of the vote and was unopposed for re-election to a third term. Since 1988, he has been consistently elected Precinct Committeeman for Ward 3, Precinct 1 in Kansas City, Kansas
Senator Haley currently serves as a member of standing Senate committees; Judiciary (ranking member); Ethics, Elections & Local Government and was previously a committee member of the Senate's Health & Human Services (as ranking member); Federal & State Affairs; Redistricting and Assessment & Taxation, as well as three joint Senate/House committees: State Tribal Relations; Corrections & Juvenile Justice, and Special Claims Against the State. Senator Haley sits on the Kansas Sentencing Commission and the State Advisory Commission on Aging. He is the author of over sixty bills in the Senate and the only lawyer currently serving in the forty member Kansas State Senate.
While a member of the House, Representative Haley was the only Wyandotte Countian serving on both the House Health & Human Services and the House Judiciary Committees (which held major impact for local and state residents) and a member of the Joint Committee on Health Care Reform. (A third committee assignment was Governmental Organizations & Elections). During this brief legislative tenure, Representative Haley advocated lower real/personal property taxes and stronger representation between elected officials and their constituencies. He introduced over twenty-five bills in the House including: the creation of a felony for extreme cruelty to animals: presumptive imprisonment for hate crimes; balancing sentencing laws for the sale of certain drugs; setting priorities for the demolition of reparable housing; promoting lead abatement programs; developing Individual Development Accounts (IDA's) which encourage low and moderate income Kansans to save/invest; and provisions for the compilation of data by law enforcement on all traffic and pedestrian stops to include information on race, gender, age and County of origin.
His legislative and community advocacy have been chronicled on MSNBC's UP (with host Steve Kornacki); Montel Williams' show (extreme animal cruelty); HBO (27th Street/Quindaro documentary); C-SPAN (37th Anniversary/March on Washington 2000); on numerous metropolitan broadcasts and in printed news accounts.
A native of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas, David is the son of Doris and George Haley. His mother taught English and Drama for over thirty years and his father (who also served as a Kansas State Senator and, eventually, retired as U.S. Ambassador to The Gambia, West Africa) was a local attorney. The nephew of ROOTS author, Alex Haley, David and his former wife, Michelle, a local pediatrician are the proud parents of four children. A graduate of Morehouse College and Howard University Law School, David Haley is a public affairs counselor in addition to his duties as a legislator. A stint as legislative assistant to the Mayor and City Council of Kansas City, Missouri increased his involvement in civic affairs. A member of St. Peter C.M.E Church, his previous community activities include service as a Director on the Boards of: Habitat for Humanity (Kaw Valley); Turner House; Planned Parenthood (Greater Kansas City); the Advisory Board of the Area Vocational Technical School; and the Northeast Action Group, among others. He was a member of the Kansas Attorney General's F.A.T.A.L. Task Force which studied unsafe driver profiles; served on the State Health Policy Leadership Forum (a division of the National Conference of State legislatures) and, in 2000, became the first Kansan to be named a Flemming Fellow (of the Center for Policy Alternatives).
Haley's personal interests include the renovation of historic housing, photography, tennis, travel and short stories; both reading and writing. Finishing an historical, non-fiction screenplay for a major motion picture, he is also organizing a political action group; coordinating a private donor program for household appliances and refurbished computers to appropriate households; and an apprentice carpentry program for youth and returning citizens.