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Sam Brownback

Sam BrownbackPolitician. Republican. Born: September 12, 1956, Garnett, Kansas. Married: Mary Stauffer, August, 1982. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, Second District: January 3, 1995, to November 7, 1996. Served in U.S. Senate: November 7, 1996, to January 3, 2011. Served as 46th Governor of Kansas: January 10, 2011, to January 31, 2018.

The son of Robert and Nancy Brownback, Sam Dale Brownback was born September 12, 1956, in Garnett, Kansas. He earned a bachelor's degree at Kansas State University and a law degree from the University of Kansas in 1982. He married Mary Stauffer in August 1982.

He worked as an attorney in Manhattan before serving as secretary of agriculture for the state of Kansas. He won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1994. Just two years later, he resigned his position after defeating Jill Docking, a Wichita Democrat, for the unexpired term of Senator Bob Dole. Brownback was reelected in 1998 and again in 2004. In 2010 he was elected 46th governor of Kansas, and reelected in 2014. He served until 2018 when was appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as U. S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

Entry: Brownback, Sam

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: January 2018

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