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A photograph of Kansas Governor Mike Hayden giving his inaugural speech on the statehouse steps. Seated behind Governor Hayden is Bill Graves, seated far left, secretary of state; Jack Walker, lieutenant governor; and former governor John Carlin, who served from 1979-1987. Hayden was born in Atwood Kansas, and he received his bachelor's degree in wildlife conservation from Kansas State University and a master's degree in biology from Fort Hays State University. During the Vietnam War, he was an infantry company commander in the U.S. Army. Hayden spent thirteen months in Vietnam, where he received the Soldier's Medal, two bronze Stars, and the Army Commendation Medal. He began his career in public service as a state representative, serving from 1972 to 1986. In 1983 and 1985, he was elected speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives. Hayden was elected Kansas Governor in 1986. After leaving office in 1991, President George Herbert Walker Bush appointed Hayden to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife. From 1993 to 2001, Hayden served as President and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association. In 2002, he returned to Kansas to accept a position as Secretary of Wildlife and Parks.

Date: January 12, 1987

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Item Number: 215672
Call Number: B Hayden, John Michael *22
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 215672

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