Created by an Act of Congress in 1969, each state was encouraged to create a body of Seniors who would identify issues important to older Kansas adults 60+ and to educate the Kansas Legislature about those issues.

The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature (KSHL) was created by Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 1649, which was passed by the 1982 Legislature. It created a unicameral legislature composed of 125 representatives. All are 60+ years old and are elected from their county of residence.

Wyandotte, Johnson, Shawnee and Sedgwick have five additional representatives.


  1. To identify priority concerns of Kansans over 60 years of age;
  2. To develop bills and resolutions designed to address those identified concerns; and
  3. To present those resolutions to the Kansas Legislature & Governor as recommendations for state policy.


  1. Advocate for the KSHL Legislation with State Legislators.
  2. Testify at hearings held regarding KSHL Legislation.
  3. Meet with seniors in their county & district about legislation affecting older adults.



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