Politics & Government

2008 was quite a year for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius may not be heading to Washington now, but that doesn't mean she won't join President-elect Barack Obama's administration in the future.

Sebelius said Tuesday that a mix of personal and professional reasons prompted her to forgo Washington for Topeka.

Chief among them: husband Gary's job as a federal judge and the state's looming fiscal crisis.

"The president-elect told me that he'd like to consider this a delay," Sebelius said. "And, you know, I'm not falling off the face of the earth."

Sebelius sat down with The (Kansas City) Star to talk about the legislative session that begins Jan. 12, the state's $1 billion budget deficit and why the timing for a move to Washington was all wrong.

"Walking out the door and saying, 'Well, have at it,' did not ever seem like the best way of fulfilling the commitment I made when the voters gave me the honor of re-electing me,” she said.

Read the complete story and interview at kansascity.com