Breast Cancer Fight Inspires New Path for Veteran Lawmaker

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A veteran Johnson County legislator is not seeking re-election so that she can pursue a master's degree in public health.

Sen. Barbara Allen, an Overland Park Republican, said she decided to seek the degree after surviving breast cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2005.

Allen is chairwoman of the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee. She also serves on the Education and Judiciary committees.

Now 47, Allen was first elected to the House in 1988. She served there until 2000, when she won the first of two Senate terms.

She enrolled in the master's of public health program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine last fall. She plans to start full-time studies this fall.

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


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