Delivering the Democrats' response Monday night was just the latest turn in the national spotlight for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. With politics in her background, the daughter of an Ohio governor has had her own star steadily rising.
Sebelius' first run in political office was the Kansas House of Representatives. She served four terms there before beginning two terms as Insurance Commissioner in 1995. It was in that office she started earning national accolades. In 2001, "Governing" magazine named her one of its public officials of the year and "Modern Healthcare" magazine once ranked her among the 100 most powerful people in healthcare.
In 2003, Sebelius took the oath as the state's second female governor. Her victory as a Democrat in a traditionally Republican state again caught national attention. By 2004, she was being mentioned as a possible running mate for then Democratic Presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry. Her answer then was that she enjoyed being governor of Kansas.
It's roughly the same answer she's giving in this presidential race, as even more national attention has piled on. In 2005, "Time" magazine named her one of the top five governors in the nation; she's wrapped up a term chairing the National Democratic Governor's Association; and last Rebruary, the White House Project tapped her as one of its "8 in '08," a list of female politicians who could run for and / or be elected President.
Sebelius is also on newstands now. She's featured in the current issue of "Vogue" magazine.