Spokeswoman says Sebelius ‘not considering’ Senate run

April 18, 2014

A spokeswoman for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the outgoing secretary is not weighing a run for U.S. Senate in Kansas.


U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. (REUTERS/Jim Bourg)

"Secretary Sebelius is continuing her important work at HHS and is not considering a run for the Senate," said Health and Human Services spokeswoman Dori Salcido.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that Sebelius, a former Kansas Democratic governor, was considering entreaties from Democrats who'd like to see her run for the Senate this year. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is running for reelection, and faces a contested primary against physician Milton Wolf (R).

As Aaron Blake noted on The Fix, a Senate run would make little sense of Sebelius. The once popular governor's image has turned negative back home. What's more, she's become closely linked to Obamacare and President Obama, who is unpopular in the conservative state.

Sebelius announced her plans to resign her post at HHS last week.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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