David Toland

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David Toland
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52nd Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
Assumed office
January 2, 2021
GovernorLaura Kelly
Preceded byLynn Rogers
Secretary of Commerce of Kansas
Assumed office
January 14, 2019
GovernorLaura Kelly
Preceded byRobert North
Personal details
Bornc. 1977 (age 43–44)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Kansas (BA, MPA)
WebsiteGovernment website

David C. Toland (born c. 1977)[1] is an American politician concurrently serving as the 52nd Lieutenant Governor of Kansas and Kansas Secretary of Commerce.[2] Prior to his appointment as commerce secretary, Toland was the president and CEO of the Thrive Allen County, a community health-improvement and economic development organization based in Iola, Kansas.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

A seventh-generation Kansas native, Toland was raised in Iola, Kansas.[4][5] Toland earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas.[6]


Toland joined the Government of the District of Columbia in the Office of Planning and Economic Development, where he served as deputy COO.[3] After a brief stint with The Menkiti Group, a real estate services company, Toland joined Thrive Allen County as President and CEO.[7] Toland also previously worked in city management in Reno, Nevada and Bonner Springs, Kansas.[2]

Kansas Secretary of Commerce[edit]

On January 11, 2019, Kelly announced that she would appoint Toland as Kansas Secretary of Commerce following her inauguration on January 14, 2019. Toland was confirmed to the position by the Kansas Senate on April 1, 2019, by a vote of 23–14. He received support from all 11 Democratic senators, 11 Republicans, and the Senate's lone independent.[8][9]

Following his confirmation, Toland re-established the state's International Division at the Department.[10] Toland also assisted with negotiations with the state of Missouri to end the incentives "Border War" in the bi-state Kansas City region.[11] Toland ordered the restoration of the Kansas Main Street Program at the Department's newly established Community Development division,[12] and re-staffed Commerce's In-State Business Development Team. In 2020, Governor Kelly issued an executive order establishing at Commerce the new Office of Broadband Development.[13]

Throughout 2020, Toland and the Department of Commerce worked on the expansion of a Schwan's Company facility in Salina,[14] the successful recruitment of a $400 million Urban Outfitters distribution center in Wyandotte County,[15] and two new Amazon distribution centers in Park City and Kansas City. In December 2020, the Department of Commerce's economic development teams had recruited more than $2.4 billion in capital investment, the second-highest level of new capital investment in the state's history.[16]

Lieutenant Governor of Kansas[edit]

On December 14, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly announced that Toland would serve as the lieutenant governor of Kansas after Lynn Rogers assumes office as Treasurer of Kansas on January 2, 2021. Toland will continue to serve as Secretary of Commerce after he takes office as lieutenant governor.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Toland and his wife have two children.[19]


  1. ^ Shorman, Jonathan (December 14, 2020). "Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly Taps Commerce Secretary David Toland to Be New Top Deputy". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Executive Leadership". kansascommerce.gov. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Local Spat And Party Politics Threaten Kansas Governor's Pick To Head Commerce". kcur.org. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "Kansas Senate Confirms David Toland For Secretary of Commerce". Kansas Department of Commerce. April 5, 2019. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  5. ^ "A look back at David Toland's Thrive Tenure". Thrive Allen County. January 9, 2019. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "Hawks to Watch: David Toland, Kansas Secretary of Commerce – KU College Stories". Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  7. ^ "Kansas Republicans grill David Toland on business dealings, social media post". cjonline.com. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "David Toland confirmation hearing before Kansas Senate panel devolves into bitterness". cjonline.com. March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  9. ^ Kansas Senate approves controversial nominee to lead Commerce Department, Capital Journal, April 1, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  10. ^ Story, Submitted (September 11, 2019). "Kansas Commerce Dept. Is Restructuring". Fort Scott Biz. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  11. ^ The Editorial Board (August 14, 2019). "Opinion | The Kansas-Missouri Subsidy Armistice". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  12. ^ https://www.kansascommerce.gov/2019/09/kansas-main-street/
  13. ^ "Governor Laura Kelly Establishes Office of Broadband Development, Announces Nearly $50 Million in Grants for Broadband Access Expansion - Governor of the State of Kansas". Governor of the State of Kansas. October 8, 2020. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  14. ^ Wheat, Shawn. "Kansas leaders, Schwan's Company announce 225 new jobs, new 'world-class' facility in Salina". WIBW. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  15. ^ Motter, Sarah. "Urban Outfitters to open distribution center in Kansas City". WIBW. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  16. ^ Motter, Sarah. "Kansas passes $2 billion in new capital investment in 2020". WIBW. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  17. ^ Broyles, Jared. "David Toland announced as new Lieutenant Governor". WIBW. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  18. ^ "Governor Laura Kelly Announces Intention to Appoint Commerce Secretary David Toland to Become Lieutenant Governor". Governor of the State of Kansas. December 14, 2020. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  19. ^ Smith, Sherman. "David Toland confirmation hearing before Kansas Senate panel devolves into bitterness". PrattTribune - Pratt, KS. Retrieved December 14, 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lynn Rogers
Lieutenant Governor of Kansas