Kelley, a third-term senator from Hopkins, is one of the
Pawlenty administration's leading critics, especially when it comes
to education matters. As chairman of the Senate Education
Committee, he led the hearings that resulted in the ouster of
Education Commissioner Cheri Yecke and he helped draft the state's
new academic standards after disagreeing with ones put out by
Yecke. He was a candidate for governor in the 2006 election, but did not receive the endorsement from the DFL. He then ran for attorney general and lost the primary.