Honored by American Rights at Work
On June 24, 2008 Sebelius was awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award by American Rights at Work because she,
- brings Kansas' business and labor communities together around common goals, while standing up for collective bargaining rights and good-paying jobs.
"Progressive" Cabinet "nominee"
- We asked that contributors weigh ideological and political considerations, with an eye toward recommending people who have both progressive credentials and at least an arguable chance at being appointed in an Obama White House.
- This group of people would represent at once the most progressive, aggressive and practical Cabinet in contemporary history. Of course, it is by no means a definitive list. It is merely one proposal aimed at starting a longer discussion about the very concept of a progressive Cabinet—and why it will be important to a new administration, especially if that administration is serious about change.
Ramon Castellblanch suggested Kathleen Sebelius for Secretary of Health & Human Services:
- For secretary of health and human services, Obama would do well to pick Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
- Three major obstacles face the next secretary. One, tens of millions of Americans lack health insurance. Two, any attempt to deal with this crisis will result in the private insurance industry — and its lobbyists — swooping in to turn policy changes into a windfall for itself. And three, for eight years, the department has been crippled by low morale and staff departures caused by Bush administration mismanagement.
- The next secretary must have the ability to help undo this damage.
- Sebelius has shown independence from the healthcare industry. While serving as Kansas insurance commissioner from 1995 to 2003, she rejected an attempt by Anthem insurance company to buy out Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. As governor, she has challenged the pharmaceutical industry by advocating for the import of prescription drugs. She also set up a state agency to work on plans to obtain better prices for prescription drugs and other healthcare services.
- Sebelius has a strong background in health policy, having served on President Clinton’s Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry.
- Most importantly, her experience as a governor could provide her with the needed executive ability to fill this vital post.
Blue Green Alliance
The Blue Green Alliance sponsors the annual Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference. The 2009 conference was held from Feb. 4-6, 2009.
Conference speakers included:
- Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Ohio
- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota
- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Michigan
- Governor Martin O'Malley, Maryland
- Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas
- Congressman Keith Ellison, Fifth District, Minnesota
- Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, United Nations Under-Secretary General
- Cathy Zoi, CEO, Alliance for Climate Protection
- Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
- Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers
- Larry Cohen, President, Communications Workers of America
- Van Jones, Founding President, Green For All
Campus Progress Conference
Emira Woods, Matthew Yglesias, Fellow, Center for American Progress, Reuben Brigety, Director, Sustainable Security Program, Center for American Progress, Jamie Fly, Executive Director, The Foreign Policy Initiative and Heather Hurlburt, Executive Director, National Security Network were speakers on the Threat Assessment: How the U.S. and the global community should deal with terrorism, rogue states, and nuclear proliferation panel at the Campus Progress Conference held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., July 8, 2009.
Other speakers at the conference included President Bill Clinton, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Van Jones, former Special Advisor for Green Jobs, White House Council on Environmental Quality.
- In These Times, 22 to KnowOur Picks for an Obama Cabinet, By In These Times Editors and Contributors, September 26, 2008
- Nominations and appointments
- Green Jobs Conference website: 2009 Speakers (accessed on Jan. 28, 2011)