Duane Goossen to leave state budget office and work for Kansas Health Institute

TOPEKA – A new face will lead the state budget office next year after Duane Goossen leaves to direct fiscal and public policy work at the Kansas Health Institute.

Goossen has served as Kansas’ budget director for 12 years starting under Republican Gov. Bill Graves and continuing under Democratic Govs. Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson.

"Duane is a perfect fit for KHI," said Dr. Robert St. Peter, president and CEO. "His professional experience as a legislator and policy advisor to governors and cabinet members along with his personal reputation for integrity and his ability to bring clarity to complex issues will be tremendous assets to KHI and the work that we do."

"I am excited about the opportunity to continue to work on the critical health, budget and human services issues that have been important to me since my days as a legislator,” Goossen said in a written statement. “And I am eager to contribute what I've learned about state government and fiscal policy to KHI's ongoing work."

The institute is a non-profit research and policy organization that also operates the KHI News Service. It was founded in 1995 with a multiyear operating grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.

Prior to becoming the state budget director, Goossen served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1983 to 1997 representing the 70th District which includes Chase and Marion counties and part of Butler County.

He is a 1978 graduate of Bethel College and in 1998 earned a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also has served as president of the National Association of State Budget Officers.