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By Dawn Bormann Novascone

With an aim of reversing the state’s decline, Sam Brownback delivered a historic shift to Kansas government during his first term. But his bold push for change fueled a difficult re-election campaign that has become a referendum on his leadership.

Gutsy. Intimidating. Transformative. H Those are just a few of the words used to describe Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s leadership style. H Under his watch, Kansas has revamped the state pension system, arts funding, Medicaid and the tax code. The state has worked on the school finance formula and water preservation. Name a hot button issue for lawmakers, and Brownback has asked them to tackle it. H No other governor in recent Kansas history has engaged so many lingering issues so aggressively. He’s solidified state government around a conservative Republican direction. His decisions have earned praise and admiration from some. But his legislative priorities have also created plenty of enemies with sharply worded missives about a conservative agenda that excludes too many Kansans. 22.

Profile for Kansas Leadership Center

The Journal, Fall 2014  

Inspiration for the Common Good. Vol. 6, Issue 3.

The Journal, Fall 2014  

Inspiration for the Common Good. Vol. 6, Issue 3.

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