Reelected in 2014, and sworn in in January of 2015, Governor Sam Brownback is the 46th and current Governor of the great State of Kansas. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as a U.S. Senator of Kansas from 1996-2011, and as a U.S. Representative for Kansas' 2nd congressional district from 1995 to 1996.
Governor Sam Brownback has spent his life in the service of others. He was born in Garnett, Kansas and was raised on the Linn County family farm where his mother and father still live today. At Prairie View High School, Sam was elected state president of the Future Farmers of America. His interest in public service continued as he attended Kansas State University. During his senior year at KSU, Sam served as student body president. After graduation, Sam decided to attend law school at the University of Kansas where he was his class president before completing his law degree in 1982. Sam met his wife Mary while they were both in law school. They have now been married for 28 years and have five children.
In 1986, Sam became the state's youngest Secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture. During his stint as Ag Secretary, he also served as a White House Fellow in the first Bush Administration. At the age of 38, he was elected to represent the 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1996 he was elected to complete the term of U.S. Senator Bob Dole, followed two more terms of his own.
As governor, Sam is focused on getting the state's economy growing again through improved regulations, controlled spending, and lower tax rates. Governor Brownback is working with Kansas business and community leaders from across the state as well as current and former state legislators to craft policy solutions.