The Kansas Senate on April 2 approved Governor Sam Brownback’s cabinet nominees, Dr. Susan Mosier as Secretary of Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Colonel Mark A. Bruce as Superintendent of Kansas Highway Patrol.
“I’m pleased the Senate confirmed both these nominees, seeing in them the same qualifications and leadership I do,” Governor Brownback said. “I’m confident Dr. Mosier and Colonel Bruce will both serve our state with skill and excellence.”
Mosier has served as interm director of KDHE since Nov. 13, 2014. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, Red McCombs School of Business. She went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine at the University of Kansas and completed her residency at the University of Iowa. She represented the 67th District in the Kansas House of Representatives until she joined KDHE where she served as Medicaid Director and eventually Director of the Division of Health Care Finance. She previously owned Mosier Eye Care in Manhattan, Kan.
“Susan Mosier is experienced, passionate, and results-oriented,” said Governor Brownback. “She has done an excellent job as interim Secretary and will continue to guide KDHE well. I’m grateful for her willingness to serve Kansas with her time and talents.”
Bruce is a 25-year veteran of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Bruce received his master’s degree in criminal justice from Washburn University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He previously served with the Kansas Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force. He has served as interim superintendent since Jan. 6, 2015 following the departure of Col. Ernie Garcia.
“Mark Bruce is a true trooper’s trooper,” said Governor Brownback. “He is well respected amongst the members of the Kansas Highway Patrol from his long tenure and record of service with the Patrol. I’m confident he will lead with integrity and vision.”
Dr. Mosier and Col. Bruce will be sworn in later this month.