Dr. Mary Jo Taylor is a lifelong Kansan and retired school teacher and administrator. Prior to serving as a Republican member of the Kansas Senate from 2017-2021, Mary Jo was Superintendent of Stafford School District. A 3rd-Generation Kansan, her grandparents migrated to Kansas during The Great Depression because they felt this place held the most hope for their family's future. Dr. Taylor has her Bachelor's Degree from FHSU, her Master's and Ed.D. from Wichita State University, is a founding board member of Kansans First, and recently retired from being an interim superintendent of a rural school district in South Central Kansas.