Jenkins, Sebelius Top Kan. Political Stories in 2008

By  | 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was the subject of sometimes intense speculation about whether she'd be taking a Washington job.

But Republican Lynn Jenkins got one instead by winning a seat in Congress.

Jenkins' and Sebelius' career paths were the top political stories in Kansas in 2008. But the state ended the year with a new attorney general, state treasurer, Kansas House speaker and district attorney for its most populous county.

Sebelius spent time in the national spotlight, giving the Democratic response to President Bush's last State of the Union address. She was a finalist for the Democratic vice presidential nomination and a potential Cabinet appointee for President-elect Barack Obama.

But she opted to stay in Kansas.

Jenkins, a two-term state treasurer, ended former Congressman Jim Ryun's attempted comeback in the GOP primary in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas. Then, she unseated freshman Democrat Nancy Boyda.

Republicans saw the result as proof of the strength of their Kansas brand in an otherwise gloomy year for them nationally, thanks to Obama. The president-elect didn't carry GOP-leaning Kansas, but he did better than any Democratic nominee in 20 years.
On the Net:<
Jenkins campaign:
Governor's office:
Obama transition:
Kansas Legislature:
Johnson County district attorney:

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)