Sebelius was born in Norton, Kansas, and grew up in Almena. His father, Carl, was a dentist whose parents were Swedish immigrants, while his mother, Minnie (née Peak), had roots in New York and Vermont. He attended Fort Hays State University and graduated in 1939. He earned a law degree from George Washington University in 1942 and returned to Norton to practice law. He served on the city council and as mayor. He also served in the Kansas State Senate. He became active in the Republican Party and ran for a U.S. House seat then held by Bob Dole, who was running for the U.S. Senate in 1968. He served for twelve years and was not a candidate for reelection in 1980. He died at age 65 and is buried in Norton, Kansas. His son, K. Gary Sebelius, is a federal magistrate judge and the husband of former Democratic Kansas Governor and former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.
- United States Congress. “Keith Sebelius (id: S000217)”. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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from Kansas’s 1st congressional district