Kris Kobach

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Kris Kobach
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31st Secretary of State of Kansas
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 14, 2019
GovernorSam Brownback
Jeff Colyer
Preceded byChris Biggs
Succeeded byScott Schwab
Chair of the Kansas Republican Party
In office
January 2007 – January 2009
Preceded byTim Shallenburger
Succeeded byAmanda Adkins
Personal details
Kris William Kobach

(1966-03-26) March 26, 1966 (age 55)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Brasenose College, Oxford (MA, PhD)
Yale University (JD)

Kris William Kobach (born March 26, 1966) is an American politician. He was the 31st Secretary of State of Kansas from 2011 to 2019.[1] He served as Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party from 2007 to 2009.

Kobach was the Republican candidate for Governor of Kansas after beating incumbent Governor Jeff Colyer in the primaries by 345 votes.[2][3] He lost to Democrat Laura Kelly in the general election.

On July 8, 2019, Kobach launched his 2020 campaign for the United States Senate seat of retiring Senator Pat Roberts.[4] He lost the Republican nomination to U.S. Representative Roger Marshall in August 2020.[5]

Kobach was born in Madison, Wisconsin. He studied at Harvard University, University of Oxford, and at Howard University School of Law. He served on the Overland Park City Council. Kobach was a professor of constitutional law at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.

References[change | change source]

  1. Sonmez, Felicia (August 6, 2018). "Trump endorses anti-immigration hard-liner Kris Kobach in Kansas GOP primary". The Washington Post.
  2. Lee, Kurtis. "Incumbent Jeff Colyer concedes GOP primary for Kansas governor to Kris Kobach, a staunch Trump ally". Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  3. Binder, John (14 August 2018). "Trump-Endorsed Kris Kobach Makes History, Unseats Incumbent Kansas Governor". Breitbart.
  4. Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach officially kicks off 2020 Senate campaign, Wichita Eagle, Bryan Lowry and Jonathan Shorman, July 08, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  5. Arkin, James; Mutnick, Ally (August 4, 2020). "Kobach loses Kansas Senate primary". Politico. Retrieved August 4, 2020.

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