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Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen SebeliusPolitician, Governor. Democrat. Born: May 15, 1948, Cincinnati, Ohio. Served as 44th Governor of Kansas: January 13, 2003, to April 28, 2009.

Kathleen Sebelius, an Ohio native, was elected the 44th governor in November 2002. The daughter of a former Ohio governor and a Democrat, Sebelius served eight years as a state representative in Kansas and eight years as state insurance commissioner before successfully seeking the state's highest office. Sebelius is the second woman to hold that office and the first to win a second four-year term--the governor soundly defeated her conservative Republican challenger in the November 2006 general election. She resigned on April 28, 2009, to accept appointment as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Barack Obama administration.

Entry: Sebelius, Kathleen

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: May 2012

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