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Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius (née Gilligan, born May 15, 1948) is an American politician currently serving as the 21st Secretary of Health and Human Services.[2] She was the second female governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009, the Democratic respondent to the 2008 State of the Union address,[3] and chair-emerita of the Democratic Governors Association.

21st Secretary of Health and Human Services Incumbent Assumed office April 28, 2009[1] President Preceded by Barack Obama Mike Leavitt

Early life and family
Sebelius was born Kathleen Gilligan and reared in a Roman Catholic family in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended the Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, followed by Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., and later earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas. She moved to Kansas in 1974, where she served for eight years as a representative in the Kansas Legislature and eight years as Insurance Commissioner before being elected governor. Sebelius is the daughter of former Democratic Ohio Governor John J. Gilligan, and thus they became the first father/daughter governor pair in the United States after her election.[4] Her husband K. Gary Sebelius[5] is a federal magistrate judge and the son of former U.S. Representative Keith Sebelius, a Republican. They have two sons. She also visits her childhood and current vacation home, located in Leland, Michigan, north of Traverse City, Michigan. An avid fan of jazz music, Sebelius as of 2009 has a 30-year unbroken streak of annually attending Jazz Fest in New Orleans.[6]

44th Governor of Kansas In office January 13, 2003 – April 28, 2009 Lieutenant Preceded by Succeeded by John Moore Mark Parkinson Bill Graves Mark Parkinson

Kansas Insurance Commissioner In office 1995 – 2003 Governor Preceded by Succeeded by Born Political party Spouse Residence Alma mater Bill Graves Ronald Todd Sandy Praeger May 15, 1948 (1948-05-15) Cincinnati, Ohio Democratic Party Gary Sebelius Topeka, Kansas Trinity Washington University

Early political career
She was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1986. In 1994 she left the House to run for state insurance commissioner and stunned political forecasters by winning – the first time a Democrat had won in more than 10 years. She refused to take campaign contributions from the insurance industry and blocked the proposed merger of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, the state’s largest health insurer, with an Indiana-based

University of Kansas (MPA) Profession Religion Insurance Executive Roman Catholic


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company. Sebelius’s decision marked the first time the corporation had been rebuffed in its acquisition attempts.[7]

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days prior to joining Sebelius as her running mate.[11] She was challenged by Republican Kansas State Senator Jim Barnett. A September 1 Rasmussen poll showed Sebelius with an 11 percent lead over Barnett.[12] Other polls gave Sebelius as much as a 20 percent lead. As of 2004, 50 percent of Kansas voters were registered Republicans, compared to 27 percent as registered Democrats.[13] Sebelius, nevertheless, won a landslide re-election – with 57.8 percent – of the vote to Barnett’s 40.5 percent. Because of Kansas’s term-limit law, her second term as Governor is her last.

Sebelius was first elected governor of Kansas in 2002. She was re-elected in 2006.

2002 election and first term
Sebelius defeated Republican Tim Shallenburger in the 2002 election by a vote of 53 percent-45 percent.[8] She was called one of America’s five best governors in a 2005 article in Time magazine.[9] Since winning the election, Sebelius has successfully built upon her popularity and, as of January 2006, was tied for the 12th most popular governor in the country.[10]

Tax revenue crisis
In February 2009, during Sebelius’s second term in office, there was a report in the Wichita Eagle that the State of Kansas was suspending tax refunds and that because of a lack of tax revenue, may not have been able to meet payroll for state employees.[14][15] Sebelius called for issuing certificates of indebtedness, moving funds from various state agency accounts into the general fund to alleviate the crisis. However, Republican leaders in the legislature did not agree with her certificate of indebtedness plan, saying the state would be unable to repay the certificates unless Sebelius issued allotments or signed a budget rescission bill that had been passed by the legislature but had not yet been delivered to her desk. The standoff ended when the budget arrived, and Sebelius agreed to sign it, although she line-item vetoed several cuts she felt were too large. The rescission bill reduced the budget by about $300 million. $7 million of the cuts came in the form of reduced educational funding.[16]

Kathleen Sebelius (second from left) with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (first left), United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (center), Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (fourth), and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (right)

Second term
2006 re-election
On May 26, 2006, Sebelius formally announced her candidacy for re-election. Four days later, Mark Parkinson, former Kansas state GOP Party Chair, switched his party affiliation to Democrat; the following day Sebelius announced that Parkinson would be her running mate for Lieutenant Governor. Parkinson had previously served in the state House during 1991–1992 and the Senate during 1993–1997. Parkinson was viewed as a pro-business moderate who strongly supported public education. This was somewhat reminiscent of the fact that John Moore had also been a Republican, before switching just

In 2001 Sebelius was named as one of Governing Magazine’s Public Officials of the Year while she was serving as Kansas Insurance Commissioner.[17] In November 2005, Time named Sebelius as one of the five best governors in America, praising her for eliminating a $1.1 billion debt she inherited, ferreting out waste in state government, and strongly supporting public education – all without raising taxes, although she proposed raising sales, property, and income taxes.[18] The article also praised her bipartisan approach to governing, a useful trait in a state where


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Republicans have usually controlled the Legislature.[19] The Cato Institute (a libertarian think tank) gave Sebelius the grade of "D,"[20] citing the combination of rapid spending growth and proposed tax increases. In February 2006, the White House Project named Sebelius one of its "8 in ’08," a group of eight female politicians who could possibly run and/or be elected president in 2008.[21]

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Bush’s 2008 State of the Union Address.[29] The next day, she endorsed Obama’s campaign, one week before the Kansas caucus on Super Tuesday.[30] Obama won the caucus easily, with 74% support.[31] Speculation on her Vice Presidential selection intensified when a report from political ad agency insider, Tribble Ad Agency, reported on its website that the Obama Campaign owned the domain name "ObamaSebelius.COM" through the registration service.[32] However, just after midnight on August 23, it was reported by the Associated Press that Obama ultimately selected Joe Biden, the senior senator from Delaware, as his running mate.[33] Sebelius was considered to be on the short list for nomination to a position in Obama’s Cabinet,[34] but she officially withdrew her name from consideration on December 6, 2008.[35] Following Bill Richardson’s withdrawal as Obama’s nomination for Secretary of Commerce, there was media speculation that Sebelius would be chosen as the new nominee.[36][37][38][39] Through a spokesperson, Sebelius reiterated her earlier statement that she would not consider accepting a nomination to the Cabinet position.[40] Sebelius’s name was again floated as a replacement for Tom Daschle, who withdrew as Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services-designate over tax issues. The governor at first did not publicly comment on whether or not she would be interested in accepting the position.[41] On February 28, 2009, the British wire agency Reuters reported that Sebelius had accepted the president’s offer to become Secretary of Health and Human Services and that she would be nominated on March 2.[42] Following Senator Sam Brownback’s announcement that he will not seek re-election to the Senate, and will instead run for Governor of Kansas in the 2010 elections, Sebelius was one of several people that media outlets speculated would run for the open United States Senate seat in 2010. [43][44] However, her post in the Obama administration could prevent her from running for election to the Senate seat.[45] Sebelius is a former chair of the Democratic Governors Association, a popular launchpad for those with national political ambitions.[46]

Speculation on political future

Sebelius speaks during the second day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. During the 2004 election, Sebelius was named as a potential running mate for John Kerry.[22] In the aftermath of Kerry’s defeat, some pundits named Sebelius as a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 2008.[23] After Barack Obama’s clinching of the nomination in June 2008, speculation that she would be a contender for the vice-presidential slot on the Democratic ticket continued.[24] The Washington Post listed her as the top prospect for the 2008 nomination.[25] James Carville and Bob Novak also mentioned Sebelius’s name,[26][27] and Wesley Clark, also considered a potential running mate, publicly endorsed Sebelius, referring to her as "the next vice-president of the United States."[28] Speculation that the Vice Presidential nomination lay in her future was heightened by the fact that she was chosen by the Democratic Party’s congressional leaders to give their party’s official response to Republican President George W.


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included: charitable contributions, the sale of a home, and business expenses.[52][53][54][55] In answer to questions from the Senate Finance Committee during her April 2009 confirmation hearing, Sebelius stated she received $12,450 between 1994 and 2001 from physician George Tiller. The Associated Press, however, reported that from 2000 to 2002 Tiller gave at least $23,000 more to a political action committee Sebelius established to raise money for Democrats while she was serving as state insurance commissioner.[56] Sebelius was confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in on April 28, 2009, amidst an outbreak of swine flu in the United States, Mexico, and numerous other countries around the world.[57][1]

Health and Human Services nomination

Sebelius accepting her nomination by President Barack Obama as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Political positions
Sebelius’s office stated that abortions declined 8.5 percent during her tenure as governor.[58] According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment statistics, the number of induced abortions in Kansas declined by 1,568, or 12.6 percent, from 2001 to 2007, the year of the most recently available statistics.[59] Her administration attributes the decline to health care reforms that Sebelius initiated, including "adoption incentives, extended health services for pregnant women..., sex education and... a variety of support services for families."[60] Nationally, the number of abortions declined approximately 7.6 percent from 2000 to 2005, the year of the most recently available and reliable U.S. statistics.[61] Sebelius has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood and they have conducted fundraising activity on her behalf.[62] Sebelius vetoed anti-abortion legislation in Kansas in 2003, 2005, 2006, and again in 2008. On April 21, 2008, Sebelius vetoed House Substitute for Senate Bill 389, titled the Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act by its sponsors. Proponents of the bill claimed the legislation would strengthen late-term abortion laws and prevent "coerced abortions," particularly with respect to minors. The Kansas City Star reported that HS SB 389 would have required the State of Kansas to collect patient diagnostic information providing detailed medical justification for late-term

Sebelius after being sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services. On February 28, 2009, it was reported that Sebelius had accepted Obama’s nomination for the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services. On March 2, 2009, Obama officially announced Governor Sebelius as his nominee.[47] At Obama’s announcement, Sebelius was accompanied by two Kansas Republicans, former U.S. Senator Bob Dole and current U.S. Senator Pat Roberts. Pro-life advocates opposed the nomination and pro-life members in the Senate were most likely to be her main opposition.[48] Sebelius was confirmed as the Secretary of Health and Human Services by the Senate on April 28, 2009 with a vote of 65-31. [49]

During the background investigation process for this position, in March 2009 she admitted to "unintentional errors" in tax returns and paid nearly $8,000 in back taxes.[50][51] She took unduly large deductions in areas that


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abortions, and would have also permitted litigants to sue abortion providers if they thought that a relative of theirs was planning a late-term abortion in violation of Kansas law.[63] Sebelius objected to the constitutionality, efficacy and morality of the proposed legislation. She wrote, "The United States Supreme Court decisions make clear that any law regulating abortion must contain exceptions for pregnancies which endanger the woman’s life or health. However, SB 389 allows a variety of individuals to seek a court order preventing a woman from obtaining an abortion, even where it may be necessary to save her life. I am concerned that the bill is unconstitutional or even worse, endangers the lives of women." In addition, she expressed concern that the bill would "likely encourage extensive litigation" and that it "unnecessarily jeopardizes the privacy of Kansas women’s confidential medical records."[60] Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Fred Naumann asked that Sebelius no longer receive Holy Communion because of her position on abortion. Naumann criticized Sebelius for vetoing HS SB 389.[64] The action received mixed reviews in the Catholic press.[65][66][67][68] In September 2005, physician George Tiller won a reception at Cedar Crest, the official residence of the Governor, at an auction benefiting the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus.[69][70] Pro-life commentators in Kansas have publicly criticized Sebelius’s HHS nomination, accusing her of taking campaign donations from Tiller, who is the medical director of an abortion clinic in Wichita.[71]

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Sebelius chairs the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition. In 2006 she requested that $200 million be allotted from the US government to support the Department of Energy Biomass and Biorefinery Systems Research and Development Program.[73] She pushed for more widespread recycling efforts across the state.[74] In addition, she vetoed bills authorizing the construction of coal-fired power plants on three separate occasions[75][76] saying in March 2008, "We know that greenhouse gases contribute to climate change. As an agricultural state, Kansas is particularly vulnerable. Therefore, reducing pollutants benefits our state not only in the short term — but also for generations of Kansans to come."[77] On June 2, 2008, Sebelius spoke at the American Wind Energy Association Conference, calling for greater federal support for wind energy and other renewable energy resources.[78]

Sebelius has said she supports Kansans’ right to own firearms, but does not believe a broad concealed carry law would make them safer: "I don’t believe allowing people to carry concealed handguns into sporting events, shopping malls, grocery stores, or the workplace would be good public policy. And to me the likelihood of exposing children to loaded handguns in their parents’ purses, pockets and automobiles is simply unacceptable."[79] Sebelius vetoed, like her Republican predecessor Bill Graves, a concealed carry law that would have allowed citizens to carry concealed weapons after obtaining a state permit and passing an FBI background check.[80] The veto left Kansas, at the time, as one of four states without any form of a conceal-carry law. On March 21, 2006, she vetoed Senate Bill 418, a similar concealed-carry bill. On March 25, her veto was overturned after the Kansas House of Representatives voted 91–33 to override it. This followed the Kansas Senate’s 30-10 override vote, which occurred the day after her veto.[81] On April 21, 2008, Sebelius signed Senate Bill 46 into law, which repealed a 1933 state law prohibiting civilian ownership of machine guns and other firearms restricted by the National Firearms Act of 1934, specifically permitting ownership by civilians successfully

Early in the term, Sebelius made education funding her top priority. Education funding reached a breaking point in the summer of 2005 when the Kansas Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to increase K–12 funding.[72] Sebelius offered one education funding plan early in her first term which consisted of property, sales, and income tax increases——resulting in 2006 in the largest K–12 education funding increase in the history of the state. The three-year plan aimed to increase education funding by nearly $1 billion over three years, but did not give a funding source for the second and third years.


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meeting the requirements of the NFA. The law was passed in part to address legal issues that could have prevented dealers from delivering firearms to law enforcement agencies in Kansas. The law took effect on July 1, 2008.[82]

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[3] "Response to the 2008 State of the Union address". POLITICS/01/28/dems.response/ index.html#cnnSTCVideo. [4] "Meet Kathleen". ShowPage.asp?page=bio.asp. Retrieved on October 2006. Other issues [5] "Magistrate Judge K. Gary Sebelius" Sebelius did not support an April 2005 (HTML). U.S. District Court, District of amendment to the Kansas Constitution that Kansas. U.S. Government. made same-sex marriage in the state uncon stitutional. Sebelius said she supported the showjudge.php?judgeid=19. Retrieved existing state law outlawing same-sex maron 2008-05-02. riage, viewing it as sufficient,[83] and there[6] Keith Spera, "Cabinet nominee Kathleen fore opposed the constitutional amendment. Sebelius grooved at Jazz Fest on Sunday The amendment passed with 70 percent (Just don’t tell anyone her confirmation voter approval. hearing is today.)" in Times-Picayune Sebelius is an opponent of capital punish(New Orleans), 2009 April 28, Saint ment.[84] During her first term, the Kansas Tammany Edition, pp. A1, A7. capital punishment laws were declared un[7] "Political Women Go Hunting". National constitutional by the Kansas Supreme Court. Wild Turkey Federation. October 27, However, on appeal by Kansas’ then-Attorney 2004. General Phill Kline, the ruling was again nwtf_newsroom/ overturned and the current law reinstated by press_releases.php?id=11289. the United States Supreme Court. [8] "State Races: Kansas". pages/states/KS/index.html. [9] Ripley, Amanda; Karen Tumulty Kansas Gubernatorial Election 2002 (November 13, 2005). "America’s 5 Best Party Candidate Votes % ±% Governors". Time. Democratic Kathleen 435,462 52.9 time/magazine/article/ Sebelius 0,9171,1129494,00.html. Retrieved on 2008-05-05. Republican Tim 371,325 45.3 [10] SurveyUSA (2006). Governor Approval Shallenburger Ratings 01/06 Sort by State. Retrieved Kansas Gubernatorial Election 2006 April 25, 2006. Party Candidate Votes % ±% [11] Twitty, David (May 31, 2006). "Kan. gov. selects running mate for race". AP. Democratic Kathleen 480,532 57.8 +4.9 Sebelius 1134AP_Kansas_Governors_Race.html. (Incumbent) [12] Rasmussen Reports: The most Republican Jim Barnett 336,583 40.5 comprehensive public opinion coverage ever provided for a mid-term election [13] Election 2004 [14] Hanna, John (February 16, 2009), "Kan. [1] ^ Goldstein, David; Klepper, David suspends income tax refunds, may miss (2009-04-28). "Sebelius sworn in to payroll", Wichita Eagle, Cabinet, Parkinson becomes Kansas governor". The Kansas City Star. 701750.html [15] Smith, Ben (February 16, 2009), "Gibbs 1168432.html. Retrieved on 2009-04-29. on Sebelius",, [2] United States Department of Health and Human Services-Secretary Kathleen 0209/Gibbs_on_Sebelius.html Sebelius [16] Waggener, Kristen (February 25, 2009). "USD 416 faces state cuts of $33 per

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March 4, 2008. home/headlines/16243827.html. [75] "Sebelius vetoes coal plant bill". Kansas City Star. May 16, 2008. 623830.html. [76] "What’s not the matter with Kansas". Grist Magazine. July 10, 2008. 145417/887. [77] Kansas Governor Rejects Two Coal-Fired Power Plants [78] / Sebelius calls on feds to step up development of wind energy [79] "Sebelius vetoes concealed carry bill". AP. April 16, 2004. 16/sebelius_vetoes_concealed/. [80] USA Today (2005). Kansas governor vetoes concealed weapons bill. Retrieved June 14, 2007. [81] Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline (2006). Kansas Concealed Weapon. Retrieved April 25, 2006. [82] "Sebelius signs machine gun bill". AP. April 22, 2008. news/kansas/ story.aspx?content_id=94c7bb5ab5d0-43d1-badf-94b760c4984b. [83] "Sebelius on gay marriage". Boston Globe. April 6, 2008. articles/2005/04/06/ kansans_vote_to_ban_same_sex_marriage. Retrieved on 2005-06-05. [84] "Kathleen Sebelius Biography". New York Times. top/reference/timestopics/people/s/ kathleen_sebelius/index.html. Retrieved on 2008-07-14.

External links
• Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Official Health and Human Services Site • Kathleen Sebelius for Governor Official Campaign Site • Biography at the National Governors Association • Campaign contributions at Follow the Money • Biography, interest group ratings, public statements, vetoes and campaign finances at Project Vote Smart


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Political offices Preceded by Bill Graves Preceded by Michael Leavitt Governor of Kansas 2003 – 2009 United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
Served Under: Barack Obama

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Succeeded by Mark Parkinson Succeeded by Incumbent

2009 – Party political offices Preceded by Tom Sawyer Democratic Party nominee for Governor of Kansas 2002, 2006 United States order of precedence Secretary of Health and Human Services United States presidential line of succession 12th • Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues • Collected news and commentary at The New York Times • Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post •’s Inside Profile of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas Articles • Trinity Washington University (2006). Profile: Kathleen Sebelius ’70. Retrieved June 15, 2008. Succeeded by Most recent

Order of precedence in the United States of America Preceded by Hilda Solis
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Succeeded by Shaun Donovan
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

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