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Welcome to FHSU's Sebelius Lecture Series.
Each semester, Fort Hays State University invites nationally recognized leaders to our campus to serve as keynote speakers. These speakers share their experiences, expertise, and wisdom with our students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community members. The series is named for former United States Representative Keith Sebelius, who graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1941. While at FHSU, Sebelius was one of the original Lewis Field Pioneers, allowing Sebelius and other young men to live on campus while working a variety of jobs to pay their tuition, room and board. Sebelius was born in Norton, Kansas, and grew up in the community. He earned a law degree and returned to Norton to practice law. He served on the city council and as mayor. He also served in the Kansas State Senate. He became active in the Republican Party and ran for a U.S. House seat previously held by Bob Dole in 1968. He served for twelve years and was not a candidate for reelection in 1980. He died at age 66 and is buried in Norton. His son, K. Gary Sebelius, is a federal magistrate judge and the husband of former Democratic Kansas Governor and current United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.
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