Kathleen Sebelius, an Ohio native, was elected the 44th governor in
November 2002. The daughter of a former Ohio governor and a Democrat,
Sebelius served eight years as a state representative in Kansas and
eight years as state insurance commissioner before successfully seeking
the state's highest office.
Sebelius is the second woman to hold that office and the first to win
a second four-year term. She resigned on April 28, 2009, to accept
appointment as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services in the Barack Obama administration.