Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
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Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in as the 21st secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in April 2009. As secretary, she’s become a familiar face to Americans as a powerful advocate for reforming the nation’s health insurance system and a leader of the administration’s response to public health emergencies, including the H1N1 virus. She also oversees one of the largest civilian departments in the federal government with nearly 80,000 employees. Sebelius was elected governor of Kansas in 2002 and was reelected in 2006. In 2005, Time magazine named her one of America’s five best governors for her leadership and record of bipartisanship. Before her tenure as governor, Sebelius spent eight years as the Kansas insurance commissioner and was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives from 1986 to 1994. Sebelius graduated from KU with a master’s in public administration in 1980.

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