Samuel Dale "Sam" Brownback (born September 12, 1956) is the senior United States Senator from the U.S. state of Kansas, the current Governor-elect of Kansas, and a former GOP candidate in the Republican primaries for the 2008 presidential election. Brownback will succeed Mark Parkinson as Governor of Kansas.
Sam Brownback was born in Garnett, Kansas to Nancy and Robert Brownback. He was raised in a farming family in Parker, Kansas; his ancestors, of German descent, settled in Kansas after leaving Pennsylvania following the Civil War. Brownback was state president of National FFA Organization, and was one of its national vice presidents from 1976 to 1977. While at Kansas State University, he was elected student body president and was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho. He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas in 1982.
After college, Brownback spent approximately a year working as a broadcaster; he hosted a weekly half-hour show.
He is married to the former Mary Stauffer, whose family owned and sold a successful media company in 1995. They have five children, Abby, Andy, Elizabeth, Mark, and Jenna; two of their children are adopted.
Brownback told Rolling Stone that he had moved