Growing up on a pig farm near Parker, Kansas, Sam Brownback learned first-hand about the hard-work, responsibility, and teamwork that farming requires. Today his parents, Robert and Nancy still live and work on the farm near Parker.
Sam’s passion for public service began when he attended Prairie View High School and was elected state president of the Future Farmers of America and later the national FFA vice-president. His participation in FFA taught him about the value of leadership.
After graduating from Prairie View in 1974, Sam attended Kansas State University in Manhattan where he served as KSU student body president his senior year. Sam also belonged to the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He received his degree in Agricultural Economics in 1978. Sam then attended the University of Kansas, School of Law where he served as class president before completing his law degree in 1982.
Sam met his wife Mary while they were both attending the University of Kansas, School of Law. They have been married for over 30 years. The Brownbacks live in Topeka and have five children – Abby, Andy, Liz, Mark, and Jenna. After their own adoption experience, the Brownbacks have helped establish the Building Families Fund to assist Kansas families with adoption expenses.
A Career of Public Service
In 1986, two major milestones took place for Sam and Mary. Their first child, Abby, was born and Sam became Secretary of the Kansas Board of Agriculture, the youngest in state history.
During his time as Ag Secretary, Sam served as a White House Fellow in the George H.W. Bush Administration.
In 1994, Sam was elected to Congress, where he was selected by other freshman Congressmen to be the head of the New Federalists, a group focused on producing a smaller federal government and a balanced budget.
Two years later Kansans elected Sam to the U.S. Senate seat once held by Bob Dole. In the Senate, Sam served as the top-ranking Republican on the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee and a member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee. Sam pledged he would serve only two full elected terms in the U.S. Senate. In 2010, he honored his pledge and did not seek reelection. Instead, he returned to Kansas and ran for Governor.
As the 46th governor of Kansas, Sam is focused on getting the state’s economy growing again and creating jobs through streamlined regulations, controlled spending, and lower taxes. You can learn more about his accomplishments as governor here.