Secretary Sebelius was sworn into office as the 21st Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on April 28, 2009.
As the country's highest-ranking health official, she
has been at the forefront of efforts to build a 21st century health care system, from putting a new focus on prevention and wellness to promoting electronic medical records to expanding the primary care workforce.
department oversees a budget of $81.3 billion.
Secretary Sebelius was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Trinity Washington University and a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas.
She is the daughter of former Democratic Ohio Governor John J.Gilligan.
election as Governor of Kansas
in 1986, they became the first father/daughter governor in U.S. history.
She is married to Gary Sebelius, a federal magistrate judge.