BOSTON – Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told delegates to the Democratic National Convention Tuesday evening that the gathering celebrates the party’s values and traditions.
And Sebelius celebrated in a personal way.
She grew up in Cincinnati where her father,John Griffin,was elected to Congress and served as governor. Now,54,Sebelius is the first daughter of a governor in U.S. history to be elected to the same position.
“The spirit of service and sacrifice we see in John Kerry is something I see in the people of Ohio,where I was raised,and the people of Kansas,whom I proudly serve as governor,” Sebelius said
Sebelius related the experiences of her father,a World War II veteran,to John Kerry’s military service.
“My father returned from war and devoted his life to public service. The same was true of John Kerry,who returned from Vietnam,and now seeks the presidency,determined to ensure America’s brightest days are ahead of us,” she said.
The governor,who took the office in 2002,said she learned selflessness and self-sacrifice from her father long before she became governor. “My father was — and is — a member of America’s Greatest Generation. My father served his country ably and honorably. I’m proud that,for his valor,he earned a Silver Star.”
John Kerry earned a Silver Star,a Bronze Star,and three Purple Hearts for his duties in the Vietnam War,she added.