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Samuel (Sam) Brownback has been the governor of Kansas since 2011, having previously served as a Republican senator from Kansas (1996 to 2010) and as a former presidential candidate known for his conservative and religious views. He was also a US representative for Kansas’s second congressional district during 1995 and 1996. He grew up in the United Methodist church, was drawn to evangelicalism in the mid-1990s, and converted to Catholicism in 2002. In December 2006 he began a campaign for the Republican nomination for president but dropped out in October 2007, citing lack of funds, and later endorsed John McCain. Brownback is strongly pro-life, opposes abortion in all circumstances and argues for research that uses alternatives to embryonic stem cells; since 2002 he has supported restricting the death penalty in all but extreme cases. He also supports federal and state tax reform (including an optional flat tax) and traditional marriage.