|Address|| Capitol, 300 SW 10th Ave. |
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1590, United States
|| May 15, 1948
Mar 11, 2013 02:57pm
|Info||Kathleen Sebelius won election as the 44th Governor of Kansas in November 2002, becoming the first daughter of a U.S. governor (John Gilligan, Ohio, 1971-75) to serve in that same position, continuing a proud tradition of responsible public service. As Governor, Sebelius pledged to bring a fiscally disciplined, people oriented approach to state government, and she has delivered. In her first three legislative sessions, Governor Sebelius placed the state on sound financial footing, steered a massive economic growth package to passage, and restructured a financially troubled highway program to ensure timely completion of all projects. Budget balances have been restored and safety net services secured, without a tax increase. |
Governor Sebelius also proposed sweeping educational reforms and has advanced common-sense health care proposals to reduce costs and increase the number of Kansans who have health insurance, demonstrating her belief that well funded schools and health care support for small businesses will strengthen the economy and provide for a more prosperous Kansas.
Governor Sebelius was also proud to sign a bill giving those who serve our country in the Kansas National Guard a "Military Bill of Rights," offering tangible benefits to support the family members of soldiers who sacrifice to secure our freedoms.
Prior to her election as governor, Sebelius served four terms (1987-1995) in the Kansas House of Representatives and two terms (1995-2003) as the state's elected Insurance Commissioner. As Insurance Commissioner, Sebelius reduced the operating budget by 19% and did more with less. Under her leadership, the Department became an unprecedented consumer watchdog -- cracking down on HMOs that refused to cover legitimate medical expenses and helping Kansas seniors save nearly seven million dollars on prescription drugs. As Insurance Commissioner, Sebelius was named one of Governing magazine's "Public Officials of the Year" and one of the "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare Magazine.
Governor Sebelius presently serves as chair of the Education, Early Childhood and Workforce Committee of the National Governors' Association and as policy chair of the Democratic Governors' Association.
Kathleen has been married to her husband, Gary, a federal magistrate judge, for over 30 years. They have two sons: Ned, a 2003 college graduate, and John, a college senior.