Politician, governor. Republican. Born: March 15, 1944, Atwood, Kansas. Served as 41st Governor of Kansas: January 12, 1987, to January 14, 1991.
The state's 41st governor was born in Atwood on March 15, 1944. He married Patti Ann Rooney on August 26, 1968. John Michael Hayden, a veteran of the Vietnam War, was a state legislator when he won the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 1986. In the subsequent general election, Mike Hayden defeated Lieutenant Governor Tom Docking, the son and grandson of former Kansas governors. Denied a second term in 1990, Hayden accepted a position in the U.S. Department of the Interior. He later returned to Kansas and served as secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks from 2002 - 2011.
Entry: Hayden, Michael
Author: Kansas Historical Society
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Date Created: June 2011
Date Modified: December 2015
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