Kansas Governor candidate Jim Barnett picks woman as running mate

Former state sen. Jim Barnett introduced his wife, Rosie, the Hansen, as his running mate in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor.

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For better or worse, through sickness and in health, Kansas gubernative candidate has picked his wife as his partner — for life and for lieutenant governor.

Republican Jim Barnett has chosen, of his wife, Rosie Hansen, as his running mate as he runs for Governor. The couple married in September, according to The Wichita Eagle.

“I have met and talked with people from all walks of life, from all parts of the state,” Barnett, a former state senator, said in a statement. “Many qualified in some areas. Only a few were qualified in all three areas. It was clear that the one person best qualified, in all areas of the person was that had miles in the last 22 months traveling 70,000 with me: rosemary Hansen, my wife.”

Barnett credited his wife, the itself as a driving force in the creation of his #OneKansas agenda, which includes the addition of jobs, the improvement of the health care options and assessment of education in the state.

“Rosie’s extensive experience and knowledge in organization and management will help me improve the functioning of a state government, the disarray in the last eight years,” he said.

Hansen has a Master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. She served abroad as a foreign service officer, U.S. state Department, holding positions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Thailand, according to the Barnett campaign website.

Barnett, the 2006 GOP nominee for Kansas Governor, one of the four major Republican candidates for Governor in a crowded field, with a significant portion of the Republican electorate undecided. The primary elections in August.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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