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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.


Sebelius calls for expedited drug process
July 7, 2010
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius thinks it’s taking too long to bring life-saving drugs to patients who need them.
Sebelius chastises insurance executives over double-digit rate increases; Kansas’ Praeger says, ‘People are reaching the breaking point’
12:12 p.m., March 4, 2010 Updated 02:47 p.m.
Keeping up the pressure for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius chastised top insurance executives Thursday over proposed double-digit rate increases she said top the list of reasons that Congress must quickly pass his plan.
KU to honor Sebelius, three other alumni with Distinguished Achievement Awards
January 4, 2010
Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the current U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services, is among the four recipients of the 2009-2010 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Awards from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University.
Sebelius outlines benefits of health reform for Kansans
11:45 a.m., November 23, 2009 Updated 02:27 p.m.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday announced the release of a new report highlighting the benefits of health insurance reform.
Sebelius tells national TV audience that H1N1 vaccine is coming out as quickly as possible
October 26, 2009
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday the swine flu vaccine “is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line.”
KU Med Center honors Hemenway, Sebelius
October 22, 2009
Kansas University Medical Center honored two Kansas leaders at its recent annual gala celebration.
Sebelius has minor skin cancer removed
October 22, 2009
The office of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she had a slow-growing form of skin cancer removed from her forehead Tuesday.
Another potential Democratic candidate for Kansas governor bows out
October 16, 2009
State Democratic Party Chairman Larry Gates is not running for Kansas governor. But the Johnson County businessman said Friday he was still confident the party could field a quality candidate to face Republican U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback next year.
Sebelius takes to air waves to encourage Americans to get H1N1 vaccine
October 7, 2009
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appealed anew Wednesday for widespread inoculation against a surging swine flu threat, calling the vaccine “safe and secure.”
Government teams up with Kansas City electronic medical records firm to track swine flu
10:25 a.m., October 6, 2009 Updated 05:03 p.m.
U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says her agency is teaming up with Cerner Corp. to use computerized medical records to get better data on the spread of swine flu.
Sebelius to speak at Kansas City electronic health records conference
October 5, 2009
U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is coming to Kansas City to speak at a conference dedicated to moving patient records from paper to computers.
Kansans face increasing rhetoric over health insurance reform
August 4, 2009
As the debate over health reform reaches coffee shops and town hall meetings across the country, Kansans will face an onslaught of rhetoric.
EPA: State must conduct review, hold hearings on latest coal-plant proposal
04:40 p.m., July 1, 2009 Updated 03:40 p.m.
The EPA has told state officials to conduct a comprehensive review of the new proposal to build a coal-burning power plant in southwest Kansas, and allow public input on the project.
Kansas secretary of aging resigning to work for Sebelius in Washington
June 26, 2009
Kansas Secretary of Aging Kathy Greenlee, of Lawrence, will be following her old boss, former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, to Washington D.C.
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.