July 23, 2024

TOPEKA — Parker native Sam Brownback was sworn in as Kansas governor Monday during what is the state’s 150th anniversary year. Brownback made several references to the state’s history and called to make Kansas a state of hope. Kansas was “born on hope… in sacrifice and bloodshed,” he said. “… To live in Kansas is to have a type of sober optimism that is both realistic and hopeful; well-grounded yet soaring. It’s a land whose unpredictability and sometimes harshness only yields its fruit with self-sacrifice, trial, patience and care. That type of place produces character in her people.” Previously, Brownback was a U.S. senator. He was elected during the Republican sweep last fall. Because of the wintry weather, his inauguration speech was moved inside the statehouse.
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