She was the second woman Governor of Kansas for five years. She is an active member of the Democratic Party. Kathleen is CEO, Sebelius Resources LLC.
Sebelius was born on 15th May, 1948 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her father, John J. Gilligan is the former Governor of Ohio. She studied at the Summit Country Day School. Kathleen did her Bachelors in Political Science from Trinity Washington University in Washington D.C. She did a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.
Kathleen started her career as Chief Lobbyist and Executive Director for Kansas Association of Justice. She stood for the election of Kansas House of Representatives in 1986 and won. She won the elections in the subsequent years; 1988, 1990 and 1992.
In 1994, she quit the Kansas House and ran for the position of State Insurance Commissioner. Her victory proved to be a great achievement as none of the Democrats had managed to win this election since the 1984.
In 2002, Sebelius ran for the elections of Governor of Kansas and defeated her opponent, Tim Shallenburger, by earning 8% more votes. She was immensely popular as Governor and was re-elected in 2006. In 2009, Kathleen became the Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services on the direct nomination of the US President, Barrack Obama. During her tenure, she worked to address various issues like medical termination of pregnancy, emergency contraception, LGBT rights, sex education in schools and drug importation.
Presently, Sebelius is a member on various Boards of Directors including, Grand Rounds Inc., Humacyte Inc. and Hampton Creek Inc. She is also the CEO and founder of Sebelius Resources LLC.
In 1974, Kathleen married K. Gary Sebelius, who is a Federal Magistrate Judge. They have two sons, Ned and John.
Full interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius