Carolyn Bridges was first elected to the Kansas House in 2012. She represents the 83rd House District, which includes portions of eastern Wichita and Eastborough.

Carolyn recevied her undergraduate and master's degrees from Wichita State University, then went on to receive a doctorate in educational administration and supervision from Oklahmoa State University. She served 32 years in the Wichita School District, including 7 years as a teacher and 25 years in administration, mostly as a principal.

Since she retired in 2000, Carolyn has pursued a variety of of interesting opportunities, including a job at Walt Disney World, working as a literacy coach in an inner-city school in Orlando, and serving as an adviser to a  Qatari principal on opening a girls’ high school in Doha, Qatar. Carolyn has also been a student teacher supervisor for both Wichita State and Southwestern College, been an education specialist and assistant professor at Baker University here in Wichita, and helped conduct a pre-student teaching seminar for Southwestern at the beginning of each semester.

Carolyn has been active in the Wichita community for many years. She volunteers for the Historic Orpheum Theatre, is a past president of the Civitan Club of Wichita, and served as a board member for Interfaith Workers' Justice.

Carolyn has two adult daughters and three grandchildren.