Archive for Monday, January 8, 2007

Sebelius starts her second term

Also sworn into office today was Attorney General Paul Morrison, a Democrat, who routed Republican incumbent Phill Kline

January 8, 2007

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— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat who has never lost an election in Republican-dominated Kansas, started her second four-year term in office, urging Kansans to work together "to find a brighter future."

Sounding broad themes in her inaugural address today, Sebelius said the state should act as "one Kansas" to improve the state.

"The promise of our state is best realized when all our citizens are able to achieve their highest potential," she said.

Read Governor Kathleen Sebelius' Second Inaugural Address
Read Governor Kathleen Sebelius' Second Inaugural Address

"We have many families but we share one kinship. And we have many paths but we all share one journey," she said.

Sebelius shared no details of her upcoming proposals for the 2007 legislative session. She plans to flesh those out during her State of the State address on Wednesday.

But the state is in much better financial shape now than it was when Sebelius was first elected in 2002. Back then, state coffers had dried up, but since have been replenished with a surging economy.

Sebelius was first elected governor after winning two statewide races for insurance commissioner, and serving in the Kansas House.

In November, she easily defeated Republican Jim Barnett, a state senator from Emporia.

Also sworn into office today was Attorney General Paul Morrison, a Democrat, who routed Republican incumbent Phill Kline.

Sworn in for second terms were Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger of Lawrence and State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins. Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh was sworn into office for a third term. All are Republicans.

The Legislature will convene its session later today.

Comments

preebo 11 years, 3 months ago

First thing to accomplish, Mrs. Governor, is to place a moritorium on coal-burning power plants in Western Kansas. You made the promise of a "new beginning" in your Inaugural speach today. I would love to see Kansas lead the trend of the country in an area other then teaching "Intelligent Design" in schools. Good Luck.

WilburM 11 years, 3 months ago

Rothschild is not a Democrat; he's often a thorny interviewer, and the governor would not likely see him as especially sympathetic.

What you've got here is a successful governor, who now has to build on her past success, still in an often-hostile partisan environment.

Steve Jacob 11 years, 3 months ago

My guess already is Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh will be our next Gov. He's won a statewide election four times and will still only be 47 in 2010.

BigDog 11 years, 3 months ago

My guess already is Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh will be our next Gov. He's won a statewide election four times and will still only be 47 in 2010.


My guess is Ron will be only one of many big-name Republicans who will run in 2010. Ron considered running this year but wanted to be the only Republican candidate if he ran. He knew he couldn't spend a bunch of money on a primary and still beat the Governor. Also because his kids are small and he wanted to be there at all of their activities.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 3 months ago

custom made ruby red shoes for the inaugural ball?

nbnozzy 11 years, 3 months ago

Good luck to our Governor in her second term. She was the first democrat I voted for in that office and she has not let me down on her leadership. As long as she carries moderate values, I will vote for her for any office she seeks in which I have a vote to cast.

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