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Kathleen Sebelius: Two decades in politics

Kathleen Sebelius' political career has evolved significantly in the past year. She was rumored in 2008 to be a top contender for the VP spot on the Obama ticket. Now, Obama has nominated her to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services.


Snyder tells crowd of K-State’s boosters he was Sebelius’ first choice to be her Lt. Gov.
01:56 p.m., June 12, 2009 Updated 03:30 a.m.
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder prefers football to politics. Snyder told a crowd of football boosters in Winfield, Kan., this week that he was asked to be former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ running mate in 2006. He said he seriously considered the job but eventually decided not to delve into politics.
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Biographical Information

Name: Kathleen Sebelius
Born: May 15, 1948
Family: Married to Gary Sebelius, two sons
Religion: Catholic
Political experience: Elected Kansas governor 2002; re-elected 2006; elected Kansas insurance commissioner 1994; re-elected 1998; Elected Kansas House of Representatives 1986-1994; director of Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, 1977-1987; aide in Kansas Department of Corrections, 1975-1977. Sebelius is the daughter of a former Ohio governor and daughter-in-law to a former Kansas congressman. Education: Bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College, Washington, D.C., 1970; master's of public administration from Kansas University, 1978

Video: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' farewell message

As Kathleen Sebelius leaves to become Secretary of Health and Human Services, she leaves behind a message for Kansans. Watch »

Video: Sebelius testifies before second Senate panel

Health secretary nominee Kathleen Sebelius discussed the position with a Senate panel on Thursday. Watch »

Video: Senators question Sebelius at hearing

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' confirmation hearing to become head of the Health and Human Services Department on Tuesday was dominated by talk of health care reform. Watch »

Video: Breaking down the selection

KU Prof. Burdett Loomis discusses the selection of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services on PBS's "Newshour." Watch »

Video: Sebelius announced as Health and Human Services designee

Pres. Barack Obama makes the official announcement confirming Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as the Secretary of Health and Human Services designee. Watch »

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The federal government on Friday announced the award of $185 million in grants to states to help set up health insurance exchanges — a process that was thrown into limbo in Kansas after Gov. Sam Brownback this week rejected a $31.5 million grant to work on establishing an exchange.
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Earlier, Kansas had been awarded a $31.5 million “early innovator” grant to start work on the health insurance exchange. But on Tuesday, Brownback, who had earlier signed off on the grant, rejected it, saying there were too many strings attached.
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