GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK


Samuel Dale Brownback
(born September 12, 1956) is an American lawyer, politician and diplomat serving as the 46th Governor of Kansas since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives during the Republican Revolution of 1994, representing Kansas's 2nd congressional district for a single term, before running in a 1996 special election for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Bob Dole. He won the special election and the following two regular elections, serving until 2011. He ran for president in 2008, but withdrew before the primaries began and endorsed eventual Republican nominee John McCain.[3][4][5] Throughout his U.S. Senate career, his principal campaign donors were the Koch Brothers of Wichita-based Koch Industries, who donated more to Brownback than to any other political candidate during this period.[6][7]

Brownback was elected Governor of Kansas in 2010 and took office in January 2011. As Governor, Brownback initiated what he called a "red-state experiment"—dramatic cuts in income tax rates, intended to bring economic growth.[8] He signed into law one of the largest income tax cuts in Kansas history.[9] The tax cuts caused state revenues to fall by hundreds of millions of dollars and created large budget shortfalls.[10] A major budget deficit led to budget cuts in areas including education and transportation.[11][12] While Kansas's economy has performed reasonably well since the cuts were passed, the economies of neighboring states have done as well if not better.[10] In the run-up to the 2014 gubernatorial election, over 100 former and current Kansas Republican officials criticized Brownback's leadership and endorsed his Democratic opponent, Paul Davis.[13][14][15] Brownback was reelected in a close race with a plurality, a margin of 3.7%.[16] In June 2017, the Kansas Legislature rolled back Brownback's tax cuts and enacted tax increases.

In a repudiation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), Brownback in 2013 turned down a $31.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to set up a public health insurance exchange for Kansas.[17] Also in 2013, he signed a bill that blocked tax breaks for abortion providers, banned sex-selection abortions, and declared that life begins at fertilization.[18]

On July 26, 2017, the White House issued a statement that Brownback would be nominated as the new U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.[19] The nomination was forwarded by committee, on a party line vote, but expired at the end of 2017 in lieu of a Senate confirmation vote by the adjournment. His nomination was resent to the Senate on January 8, 2018...

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