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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 signs legislation to make it easier for police to track cell phone signals
April 17, 2009
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has signed a bill making it easier for police to get tracking information from cell phone companies in emergencies.
Senate committee schedules Tuesday vote on Sebelius’ confirmation
April 17, 2009
A Senate committee has scheduled a vote for Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s nominee for health and human services secretary, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Sebelius to deliver Harvard commencement address
April 17, 2009
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been chosen to give the commencement address to graduates of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government June 3.
Anti-abortion group raises new questions over Sebelius nomination
April 15, 2009
An anti-abortion group has released a document raising new questions about Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ ties to one of the few U.S. physicians performing late-term abortions.
Sebelius’ KTEC cut could cost KU jobs
18 research positions at stake if fund veto stands
April 15, 2009
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of funding for a state economic development agency could cost Kansas University the equivalent of 18 positions dedicated to high-level research, a school official said Tuesday. “The loss of these positions would be painful,” said Lynn Bretz, a university spokeswoman. “They’re not insignificant.”
Senate Republican wants to keep KTEC alive
11:14 a.m., April 14, 2009 Updated 03:57 p.m.
Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ plan to fold a state agency that nurtures high-tech businesses into the Department of Commerce hasn’t gotten much traction with the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Sebelius restates amount of donations from Tiller
April 14, 2009
President Barack Obama’s health secretary nominee got nearly three times as much political money from a controversial abortion doctor as she told senators. The Health and Human Services Department said Monday that the omission was an oversight that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius would correct.
Order creates group to get kids outside
April 14, 2009
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius issued an executive order Monday to form a new group that will create opportunities for children to experience nature. The group, called Kansas Coalition for Children in Nature, will work with state agencies and other organizations.
New battle expected after Gov. Sebelius vetoes coal-burning power plant bill
April 13, 2009
On Monday, as expected, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed legislation that would allow construction of the two 700-megawatt plants in southwest Kansas.
Governor says her action allows Kansas Regents to freeze tuition
April 13, 2009
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday vetoed restrictive budget provisions on higher education, an action she said will allow the Kansas Board of Regents to freeze tuition for one year.
Sebelius answers written questions on abortion, taxes as part of Cabinet confirmation process
April 10, 2009
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius responded to questions about abortion, her relationship with late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller, recent tax problems and a wide range of health policy issues in written queries from members of the committee that will decide whether to recommend her as secretary of Department Health and Human Services.
Brownback defends his stance on Sebelius nomination
April 10, 2009
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback acknowledges that abortion opponents are upset with him for not opposing Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination as U.S. secretary of health and human services.
Sebelius not expected to be confirmed until after Congress returns from recess
Sebelius takes questions about taxes, none on abortion
09:53 a.m., April 2, 2009 Updated 05:07 p.m.
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is pledging to improve Medicare and Medicaid with an increased focus on prevention and primary care.
GOP senator: Tax errors shouldn’t bar Sebelius
April 2, 2009
A $7,000 tax mistake shouldn’t disqualify Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius from serving as the nation’s top health official, a key Republican senator said Wednesday. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa told home state reporters in a conference call that he felt Sebelius made “a good-faith effort” to pay her taxes correctly in the first place, and errors discovered in a recent review should not count against her.
Sebelius says she corrected tax returns to fix ‘minor’ error
04:52 p.m., March 31, 2009 Updated 05:00 p.m.
Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius recently corrected three years of tax returns and paid more than $7,000 in back taxes after finding “unintentional errors” — the latest tax troubles for an Obama administration nominee.