Kris W. Kobach is the 31st Secretary of State for Kansas, sworn in on January 10, 2011. Kansas voters elected him by a wide margin on a platform focused on stopping voter fraud, and he quickly introduced a bill designed to make it easy to vote but hard to cheat.
Prior to his election as Secretary of State, he was a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Missouri – Kansas City for 15 years. He is nationally-recognized as an author of legislation to stop illegal immigration, and as a litigator who represents US citizens, cities, and states in cases involving illegal immigration across the country.
Secretary Kobach graduated co-valedictorian from Washburn Rural High School, Topeka, KS; earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with highest distinction from Harvard University; earned his doctorate in Political Science from Oxford University in England; and earned his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School. He has published two books and numerous scholarly articles on elections, political science, constitutional law, and immigration law.
As a White House Fellow, Secretary Kobach worked in the personal office of United States Attorney General John Ashcroft as his chief advisor on immigration law and border security. After the 9/11 attacks, Secretary Kobach was put in charge of Department of Justice efforts to prevent terrorists from exploiting gaps in U.S. immigration controls.
Secretary Kobach has testified before Congress ten times on numerous topics, has been a frequent legal commentator on cable news programs, and has been a frequent columnist for the New York Post and the Washington Times. In addition, he is the host of The Kris Kobach Show heard every Sunday on KCMO 710 AM talk radio from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Secretary Kobach and his wife Heather have three daughters: Lilly, Reagan, and Molly. They reside in Piper, Kansas, and attend Open Door Baptist Church