Long before the nation knew her as Health and Human Services secretary, Kansans knew Kathleen Sebelius as governor, state legislator and insurance commissioner.
Once popular at the state level, Sebelius has become the face of the botched health care reform roll-out.
Wichita State political science professor Mel Kahn says if Sebelius had it to do over again, she might want to turn down that H.H.S. job.
"The aura of incompetence surrounding her now was not present when she was governor of Kansas or a member of the state legislature," Kahn says. "In the next year or two, I don't see her going anywhere politically, but I'm reluctant to announce anyone permanently dead, politically."
Kahn says he doesn't think Sebelius' resignation was purely voluntary. He suspects the president wanted to make a change.
Kahn says that at age 65, Sebelius may be ready to put politics behind her and focus on other things.