, Kansas , United States
|| November 08, 1949
Jan 28, 2008 08:35pm
|Info||K. Gary Sebelius was born in Norton, Kansas, on November 8, 1949. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, graduating magna cum laude, and a juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. He was a partner with Wright, Henson, Somers, Sebelius, Clark & Baker, LLP, specializing in employment law, civil rights, and civil litigation. |
In 2003 he left the private practice of law to become a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. He is a noted lecturer and the author of numerous articles addressing civil rights and employment law. Judge Sebelius is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who in American Law.
The “First Dude” (as he prefers to be called) has been active with numerous community organizations, including the Everywoman’s Resource Center, Friends of Topeka Zoo, Sunflower State Games and Florence Crittenton Services. As a board member of the Sunflower State Games, Judge Sebelius participated in the dramatic growth of what is now the largest annual amateur sports event in Kansas, involving over 7,000 athletes (ages 5 to 75) participating in more than 20 separate sports. During his tenure as board president, the organization developed significant working relationships with several Kansas businesses that have helped underwrite the two-week summer sports festival.
Judge Sebelius presides over the Governor’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, hosting over 3,000 Kansas schoolchildren on the grounds surrounding Cedar Crest, the governor’s residence. He has participated in the Governor’s Annual Fishing Classic, promoting outdoor sports activities, as well as serving as board president of MacLennan Park, which boasts more than 220 acres devoted to fishing, jogging, and hiking trails adjacent to the governor’s residence. He also launched the Kansas Military Family Support Program, to provide community support for families of Kansas National Guard and Army Reserve members called to active duty. The program was modeled after one created by Minnesota’s First Lady Mary Pawlenty.
The Sebeliuses have two sons—Ned (24), a first-year student at Georgetown University Law Center, and John (21), a senior at the Rhode Island School of Design. They also have a black Labrador named Rosie.