Sam Brownback was sworn in as governor of Kansas on January 9, 2011.
Brownback served as Secretary of the Kansas Board of Agriculture from 1986 - 1993. During that time he also served as a White House Fellow in President George H. W. Bush’s administration. In 1994, Kansans elected Brownback to the U.S. House of Representatives and, two years later, to the U.S. Senate seat once held by former Senator Bob Dole. In the Senate, Brownback was an effective advocate for Kansas interests while serving on the Appropriations Committee, the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee and the Homeland Security Subcommittee. He was a founding member of the Senate Fiscal Watch Team. Honoring his pledge to only serve two elected terms in the U.S. Senate, he did not seek reelection in 2010.
As governor, Brownback is focused on growing the state’s economy and increasing private sector jobs through improved regulations, controlled spending and lower tax rates. He has five measurable goals for his administration: Increase in net personal income; increase in private sector employment; increase in the percentage of 4th graders reading at grade level; increase in the percentage of high school graduates who are college or career ready; and decrease in the percentage of Kansas’ children who live in poverty.
Brownback and his wife, Mary, have five children, two of them are adopted. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1978 and the University of Kansas Law School in 1982.