Kansas political veteran Peter Northcott is becoming new the executive director for Kansans for Life, which is merging with its Kansas City affiliate to create one statewide organization.
Northcott, who has worked as KFL’s director of operations and outreach since 2019, will replace Mary Kay Culp as the executive director.
Culp has been the voice of KFL for many years, serving as its executive director since since 2000.
Culp will become KFL’s consulting executive director, where her work will focus on development, mentoring the new executive director, and helping oversee strategies that will grow the organization.
“For many years, Kansans for Life and its KC Regional Affiliate have worked closely together yet were technically separate organizations,” Culp said in a statement.
“This will help us streamline operations as we continue to take on the abortion industry, pass the needed Value Them Both Amendment and carry on the mission of saving
countless lives,” she said.
“Peter is the right person for the job and the future is bright for the pro-life movement in Kansas,” she said.
Northcott joined KFL in 2019 after working as assistant state treasurer under former state Treasurer Jake LaTurner, who was just elected to Congress.
Northcott also has served as legislative liaison for former Gov. Sam Brownback and chief of staff for former Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce.
He also served as assistant state executive director for KFL during the first part of 2017.
He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Kansas and an associate degree from Johnson County Community College.
The reorganization comes at a time when KFL is expected to make a new push to pass a constitutional amendment that would ensure that abortion is not a right protected by the state constitution.
The amendment is a response to a state Supreme Court ruling that found the right to an abortion is embedded in the state constitution.
“With every limit on the abortion industry in danger of being removed in our state,” Northcott said. “KFL will continue to mobilize in the defense of both mothers and babies.”
While the merger will take a few months to officially complete, these key role
changes started Jan. 1, the organization said.