June 26, 2008
DENVER (AP) - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says suggestions that she could be Barack Obama's running mate are "flattering and a little surreal. " But she isn't saying whether she would accept. Sebelius is one of several people whose names have been floated as possible vice presidential candidates for Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee. Former Sens. John Edwards and Sam Nunn have also been mentioned Sebelius, co-chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention, made her comments Thursday on a visit to Denver, where the convention will be held Aug. 25-28.
December 31, 2008
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius dissolves the Kansas Energy Council. The 34-member council studies energy issues and drafts recommendations to the governor and the Legislature. For more than a year, it has faced criticism - even from some council members - that it has been ineffective. Critics say the council is too large and has representatives from too many interests. But Sebelius says she's dissolving the council because other groups are now studying individual issues.
September 17, 2007
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says she's working on a multiyear plan to expand education programs for 3 and 4 year olds. The governor didn't give any details Monday about what she'll propose to legislators when they reconvene in January. She said she and her staff are still discussing those details as they work on a budget proposal for the 2008 legislative session. Sebelius told about 150 legislators, educators, child advocates and business leaders that, based on a survey involving 5,000 children, half the state's 5-year-olds aren't ready for kindergarten.
April 14, 2008
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has signed another batch of bills sent to her by legislators, including one to create a new riverfront authority. Sebelius signed nine bills sent to her by legislators before they began a three-week break on April 4. She has signed 91 for the session and vetoed one, which would have allowed a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. Among the bills she signed Monday was one creating the DeSoto-Johnson County Riverfront Authority.
March 6, 2009
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt criticizes President Obama's nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Tiahrt, a conservative Republican who represents the 4th District, is at odds with Sebelius over abortion. He opposes abortion, and she supports abortion rights. He also opposes her administration's decision to block two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas over their potential carbon dioxide emissions.
January 12, 2009
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says her budget proposals will eliminate programs and freeze government hiring but protect essential services. In her State of the State address Monday night, Sebelius also repeated a promise not to raise taxes to wipe out a projected deficit in the current budget. But the Democratic governor gave few details in her speech to a joint session of the House and Senate. Republicans control both chambers. Sebelius called for "balancing the budget with common sense.
April 28, 2009
(WASHINGTON) Just hours after Kathleen Sebelius resigned her position as Kansas Governor, she was sworn-in as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sebelius left for Washington just moments after the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination. The vote was 65 Yeas to 31 Nays. Both Kansas Senator Sam Brownback and Senator Pat Roberts voted for Sebelius. President Barack Obama was there when Sebelius took the oath of office Tuesday evening. The President said, he wanted Sebelius to be sworn in immediately to dealing with a significant health issue -- the swine flu. Mr. Obama said the C.D.C and Homeland Security officials have done a superb job so far but "we need all hands on deck.
April 28, 2008
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Expect at least a few chants of "Rock Chalk, Jayhawk" to bounce off the Statehouse rotunda this week. On Friday, legislators and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will honor the University of Kansas football and basketball teams for their accomplishments. Men's basketball coach Bill Self will bring members of his national championship team to Topeka. The Jayhawks won their first title since 1988, beating Memphis in overtime, 75-68. Kansas finished the season 37-3.
April 21, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has won approval from a divided Senate panel to become secretary of health and human services in the Obama administration. The Finance Committee voted 15 to 8 Tuesday to send the Sebelius nomination to the full Senate for a final vote. The committee vote came after several Republicans voiced concerns about Sebelius' ties to a late-term abortion doctor in her home state. The GOP also questioned her commitment to ensuring that the government doesn't try to interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.
February 22, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says she has had no conversations with President Barack Obama about possibly joining his Cabinet as health secretary. Sebelius was in Washington on Sunday for the winter meetings of the National Governors Association. Administration officials have said she is near the top of the list of people being considered to run the Health and Human Service Department. But Sebelius tells The Associated Press that "there's really nothing to tell" about the prospects of her getting the job. The two-term Democratic governor also is deflecting questions about whether she'll run for the Senate next year.