about Mike

I've made roeland park my home, and I want to see it succeed. i'm ready to lead.

A lifelong Johnson County resident, Mike is dedicated to his city and the residents of Roeland Park. Mike currently serves as the Chairman of both the Roeland Park Sustainability Committee and the Community Foundation Advisory Board. However, he feels he has more to give.

Mike and his wife, Elizabeth, purchased a home in Roeland Park in 2014. When deciding where to settle down, they considered many factors, but a desire for true community was at the top of the list. Seeing people walking dogs, stopping to chat, and waving at the random couple looking at the house on the corner, Mike and Elizabeth came to a realization: Roeland Park was a perfect fit. The newest resident of Roeland Park, Baby Girl Kelly, is due in late August.


Prior to joining the Roeland Park community, Mike attended Rockhurst High School and attained the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He followed family tradition by enrolling at Kansas State University and finished his formal education at the University of Kansas School of Law before passing the bar exams in both Kansas and Missouri. While in law school, Mike worked for the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies, for which he was awarded the Kansas Association for Justice Advocacy Award. Mike works as an attorney at McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan on the Kansas City Country Club Plaza.  



There’s only so much that Washington or Topeka can do for us on a day-to-day basis. If we want to make our city a better place, we can do so by investing our time and talents right here. I wanted to get involved on the ground floor, roll up my sleeves, and show that hard work can make a positive, tangible change in our lives.
— Mike Kelly