Governor used state-owned plane to watch KU

Among thousands of KU fans in New Orleans this month was Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and his guests. They flew to the NCAA Championship in the state-owned airplane.

Joining the Governor was his wife, Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal, U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder and their wives, and other members of the governor's staff. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and his wife also flew to New Orleans for the game.

According to a spokesperson for the governor, attending the game was official business.

"He uses every opportunity to promote the state, its universities and its many other great assets," said Sherriene Jones-Sontag of the Governor's office.

The cost of the trip to and from New Orleans was $2,098. The governor's office stressed he paid for all lodging and other expenses himself. The cost of the flight was paid for by tax dollars since it was considered official business.

"At national events, elevate the state and give the governor, university officials, and other state leaders, enormous opportunities to talk with national business leaders, to talk face to face about why they should move their facilities to Kansas."

Governor Brownback is not the first Kansas governor to take the state plane to an NCAA game. Former Governor Kathleen Sebelius attended games as well. 

The governor took state-owned plane to watch KU in New Orleans