The former governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius is no stranger to public service. Her father, John Gillian, is the former governor of Ohio, making the pair the only father/daughter pair of state governors in U.S. history.
And with the health care debate raging, Sebelius’ needs her political savvy and experience now more than ever.
After moving to Kansas with her husband, K. Gary Sebelius, she served as the executive director and as a lobbyist for the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association before being elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1986. Eight years later, she became the first Democratic state insurance commissioner in 10 years after refusing to take campaign contributions from the insurance industry itself.
In 2002, she was elected governor of Kansas, and was elected for a second term in 2006 before being confirmed as the secretary of health and human services in 2009.
She has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas and she graduated from Trinity Washington University before that. She and her husband have two sons, Ned and John.