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Politics - October 7, 2011


Q: Only two Kansas governors have also served as U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives. Name both of them!



A: Frank Carlson and Sam Brownback


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Until Sam Brownback was elected Governor of Kansas, Frank Carlson was the only Kansan to serve as U.S. Senator, Congressman and Governor of Kansas.


Born in 1893 near Concordia, Kan., Frank Carlson attended public schools and Kansas State University before serving in World War I. Carlson, a Republican, had a long and successful political career serving in the Kansas Legislature 1929-1931 and U.S. House of Representatives 1935-1947. In 1946, he was elected Governor of Kansas and left office on November 28, 1950, when he was elected U.S. Senator. Carlson served in the United States Senate from 1950-1969.

Kansas Governor Samuel Dale Brownback began his political career in 1986 when he was appointed Kansas Secretary of Agriculture, a position he held until 1993. In 1994, Brownback was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas's second congressional district and served two years. In 1996, he sought and won the senatorial race to replace Bob Dole. In the general elections of 1998, and 2004, Brownback was successfully reelected. In 2010, he entered the Kansas Governor's race and won.


(Info and Photos: Kansas Historical Society)





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