Sam Brownback

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Sam Brownback
Candidate for Kansas Governor
Political party Republican
Profession U.S. Senator
Website Campaign website

Sam Brownback (b. September 12, 1956 Parker, KS) is the senior senator representing Kansas in the United States Senate. He was first elected in 1996.[1] He briefly explored a Presidential run in the 2008 cycle, dropping out early over low polling and doubts about fundraising ability.

Brownback is the 2010 Republican candidate for Governor of Kansas.


Sam Brownback is a fourth generation Kansas. Born is Garnett, he grw up on a farm in Linn County where his parents still live. He was elected student body president as an undergraduate and then president of his law school class by his fellow students. At Kansas State, he also joined the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

After college, Sam spent a year in broadcasting, hosting a weekly show. After law school. he practiced in Manhattan, Kansas for four years before being elected as Kansas' Secretary of Agriculture in 1986.

He first went to Washington as a White House Fellow under the George H.W. Bush Administration. From 1990-1991, he was detailed to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Upon completion of his fellowship, Brownback returned to Kansas and resumed his secretarial office.

He entered Congress as the Representative for Kansas' 2nd District in 1994 and, in 1996, moved to Senate in a special election for Bob Dole's seat. He currently serves as the ranking Republican on the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee and also sits on the Homeland Security Subcommittee, the Appropriations Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, and the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, more casually known as the Helsinki Commission.

Sam and Mary Brownback live in Topeka with their five children; Abby, Andy, Liz, Mark and Jenna. Two of their children are adopted. Raised as a Methodist, Brownback first converted to evangelical Protestantism and then, in 2002, to Catholicism. He still regularly attends a non-denominational church.


  • Univeristy of Kansas Law School, J.D., 1982
  • Kansas State University



See also: Kansas gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Brownback defeated Joan Heffington in the August 3 primary, winning with 82% of the vote.

Brownback will face Tom Holland (D), Andrew P. Gray (L), and Ken Cannon (Reform) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Oct. 7, 2010 debate

In the gubernatorial debate on October 7, 2010 on KWCH all four candidates for Kansas governor said they’re against the statewide smoking ban and the hypocrisy of exempting the state-owned casinos from the ban.

Brownback said:

I think they need to be left to local units of government as well, but I’ll tell you something else that we ought to do, that’s to put the ban on the state-owned facilities. That’s where the ban ought to be on in the first place, is the state should lead by example and not exempting itself by something like this. That smoking ban ought to be on the state facilities and leave the other issues to the local control. That’s the best way a state can lead, doing this to itself and leading by example rather than putting it on somebody else, a burden somewhere else.[2]

External links


  1. Project Vote Smart biographical profile
  2. "Governor Candidates Against Statewide Smoking Ban, Casino Hypocrisy," Kansas Watchdog, October 7, 2010