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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.


Social Security, Medicare rapidly being depleted
May 13, 2009
Social Security and Medicare are fading even faster under the weight of the recession, heading for insolvency years sooner than previously expected, the government warned Tuesday. Medicare already is paying out more money than it receives, something that happened for the first time last year. And Social Security will be by 2016, a year sooner than had been projected, the trustees’ annual report said.
Sebelius rejects government takeover of health care system
May 7, 2009
The Obama administration’s senior health care official on Wednesday flatly rejected the idea of the government taking over the nation’s medical insurance system, saying the Obama administration does not want to assume management of health care coverage.
Sebelius announces schools can reopen despite swine flu
Texas teacher first confirmed death of U.S. resident
May 6, 2009
Joan Tishkevich’s joy was unequivocal. “YES!” the mother of two shouted into the phone Tuesday after hearing that federal health officials were no longer advising schools to close for swine flu. It meant her 8-year-old son, Jack, would soon go back to his second-grade classroom. It meant he could return to his beloved Little League.
Parkinson not so sure KTEC should be abolished
May 4, 2009
Gov. Mark Parkinson’s view of what should happen to a state economic development agency is different than that of his predecessor, Kathleen Sebelius. Parkinson said he is willing to allow a less-funded Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. to exist for now, while Sebelius wanted to eliminate the agency entirely.
Sebelius takes office amid flu outbreak
April 29, 2009
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius won Senate confirmation Tuesday as the nation’s health and human services secretary, thrusting her into the middle of a public health emergency with the swine flu sickening dozens of Americans.
Senate approves Sebelius nomination
04:54 p.m., April 28, 2009 Updated 08:20 a.m.
Fifteen months ago, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama came to Kansas and received the endorsement of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who then spent a significant portion of her time helping Obama get elected.
Education, environment will be seen as Sebelius legacy
02:47 p.m., April 28, 2009 Updated 05:16 p.m.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was confirmed as the nation’s chief health official Tuesday, but her legacy in Kansas may be felt in public schools and the environment.
Kansans await word on whether a new leader will lead state
10:39 a.m., April 28, 2009 Updated 11:23 a.m.
Kansas may soon get a change at the top of state government.
Senate begins debate on Sebelius’ confirmation
08:31 a.m., April 28, 2009 Updated 10:35 a.m.
The Senate was set to approve President Barack Obama’s nominee for health and human services secretary Tuesday, giving the agency a leader in the midst of the swine flu outbreak.
RNC leader says Obama should withdraw Sebelius nomination if she doesn’t answer more questions on abortion
11:38 a.m., April 23, 2009 Updated 05:02 p.m.
Republican objections to immediate Senate action on President Barack Obama’s health secretary nominee will probably push a final vote to next week.
Sebelius vetoes legislation to further regulate abortion
09:57 a.m., April 23, 2009 Updated 05:50 p.m.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill Thursday that would have rewritten Kansas’ restrictions on late-term abortions, perhaps complicating her effort to win confirmation as U.S. health and human services secretary.
KTEC invested in company that reports it is struggling financially
11:47 a.m., April 22, 2009 Updated 01:10 p.m.
A state economic development agency has invested nearly a quarter of a million dollars in a company that according to the firm’s annual report is struggling and may seek bankruptcy.
Kansas leaders fear potential lawsuit against moving bio-defense facilty to Manhattan will delay project
11:35 a.m., April 22, 2009 Updated 10:51 a.m.
Top Kansas officials on Wednesday criticized a Texas group that plans to file a lawsuit over the selection of Kansas as site for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility.
Senate committee approves Sebelius nomination by wide margin
09:52 a.m., April 21, 2009 Updated 05:20 p.m.
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has won approval from a divided Senate panel to become secretary of health and human services in the Obama administration.
Sebelius to be inducted into KU’s Women’s Hall of Fame
April 20, 2009
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will be among this year’s nominees to Kansas University’s Women’s Hall of Fame.