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Mary Stauffer Brownback

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Mary Brownback is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. She received a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Kansas and lettered in tennis for four years. She went on to earn her law degree from the University of Kansas. She met her husband, Governor Sam Brownback, during law school and they were married in 1982. Mrs. Brownback served as a law clerk for Kansas Supreme Court Justice David Prager and later worked as a vice president in a trust department.

After their first two children were born, the first lady became a full-time mom and began volunteering in the Topeka area. She is a passionate advocate for adoption and foster care and has worked to bring attention to these and other children’s issues. The Brownbacks have five children, including two who were adopted: Abby, Andy, Liz, Mark and Jenna.