Meet Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of Kansas a potential candidate to be Obama’s vice-presidential running mate. Read her biography below and see photos and videos of her.

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is on the short list as a potential Obama running mate. Speculation has run rampant about her credentials and what she brings to an Obama campaign. For one thing, she’s a woman and many believe that will help pacify the divide in the Democratic party between Hillary Clinton supporters and Obama supporters. For another, she’s a popular democratic governor in a traditionally Republican state.

Sebelius is the Chairwoman of the Democratic Governors Association and endorsed Barack Obama for the Presidency in January 2008. She has actively campaigned for Obama and will be in Iowa this week on his behalf.

In spite of liberal stances on issues of abortion, gun control and capital punishment, she has been able to project an image of a moderate and has courted centralist voters.

She has been under scrutiny recently for hosting a reception at her official residence that was attended by Dr. George Tiller, an abortion doctor who is under investigation for performing illegal late term abortions. Tiller and his staff, as well as other abortion doctors, were invited to this event. She didn’t confirm that this ‘lavish secret party’ took place until a pro-life group published photos of the event that showed Sebelius and Tiller at the party in the Governor’s Mansion.

Sebelius has been called ‘the national pro-choice poster girl’ and is known to have very close ties with the abortion industry in Kansas. In May 2008 the Roman Catholic archbishop for northeast Kansas stated that Sebelius should not take Communion until she repudiates her past actions and her stance on abortion.

She is often cited as a potential candidate in future elections.

Kathleen Sebelius Biography

Kathleen Gilligan was born on May 15, 1948 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is 60-years-old. She is the daughter of former Ohio Governor John J. Gilligan. When Kathleen was elected Governor of Kansas, they became the first father-daughter governors in the United States. Kathleen was raised Roman Catholic and attended a Roman Catholic secondary school, Summit Country Day School. She graduated from Trinity Washington University in Washington D.C. with a B.A. degree in 1970. In 1977, she earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

In 1974, Kathleen moved to Kansas and served as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives for eight years, from 1986 to 1994. She then served as the Kansas Insurance Commissioner from 1994 to 2002. She was elected Governor of Kansas in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.

Prior to entering politics, she was worked as an aide with the Kansas Department of Corrections from 1975 to 1977. She was the director of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association from 1977 to 1987.

She married K. Gary Sebelius in 1974. Her husband is a federal magistrate judge. His father is a former Republican U.S. Representative. They have two sons, Ned was born in 1982 and John was born in 1985. They make their home in Topeka, Kansas. The family have a vacation home, that was also Kathleen’s vacation home as a child, in Leland, Michigan, just north of Traverse City, Michigan.

Kathleen Sebelius – Video
Sebelius endorses Barack Obama

Kathleen Sebelius – Video
Sebelius’ Democratic Response to State of the Union Address