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Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)

Samuel Dale Brownback (born September 12, 1956) is a Senator from Kansas. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Brownback grew up on his family's farm near Parker, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1979, where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, and received a law degree from the University of Kansas in 1982. He was a broadcaster, teacher and attorney before becoming the Kansas secretary of agriculture in 1986. He remained in this position until 1993. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1994, but served there for only one term as he was elected Senator in a special election in November 1996 to replace Bob Dole, who was preparing for his presidential campaign. Brownback was elected to a full term in the Senate in 1998. He won re-election in the 2004 senate election with 69% of the vote, easily defeating his Democratic challenger, Lee Jones, a former Washington, D.C. lobbyist.

Brownback is married to the former Mary Stauffer, heiress to a Topeka newspaper fortune. The couple has five children (two of them adopted).

Views

Brownback is an outspokenly socially conservative politician. He opposes embryonic stem cell research, favors capital punishment, is adverse to same-sex marriage [1] (http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/brownback200407090921.asp), and is strongly pro-life on the issue of abortion, having compared it to the Holocaust [2] (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8017004/site/newsweek/page/2/). Should Brownback be a candidate in the 2008 presidential election, he would have broad appeal among conservative Christians.

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Preceded by:
Jim Slattery
U.S. Representative for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District
1995-1997
Succeeded by:
Jim Ryun
Preceded by:
Sheila Frahm
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Kansas
1997-
Succeeded by:
Incumbent

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