|Kansas Secretary of Labor|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed||September 20, 2012|
|Appointed by||Governor Sam Brownback (R)|
|Kansas House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||University of Kansas (1971)|
|Birthday||August 20, 1950|
|Place of birth||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Profession||Account Representative, BG Service Solutions/ISS|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections/Appointments
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Brownback appointed Gordon to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor on September 20, 2012, the same day former labor secretary Karin Brownlee was asked to step down and Gordon was named interim secretary. The timing of Gordon's appointment relative to Brownlee's unceremonious and sudden ousting was likely not coincidental, and spurred tensions between Brownback and the Department of Labor staff, not to mention an abashed Brownlee.
Until assuming her current nonpartisan, cabinet-level post, Gordon served as a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing the 52nd District. She was first elected to the state legislature in 2000 and subsequently won re-election to five consecutive terms - most recently in 2010. She vacated her seat in 2012 to join the Department of Labor, and Bob Eckhardt was tapped to serve out the remainder of her unexpired term. Gordon was formally succeeded by Shanti Gandhi, a fellow Republican, who was elected by voters of Kansas' 52nd legislative district state in the 2012 general election.
As demonstrated through the abrupt dismissal of Gordon's predecessor, the Kansas Secretary of Labor serves at the pleasure of the sitting governor and is not subject to reappointment or term limits.
Before running for public office, Gordon served as a board member on the School Foundation Board, Unified School District 501 from 1994-1997. She is also a former small business owner, and Account Representative for BG Service Solutions/ISS.
Gordon received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas.
Before running for public office, Gordon served as a board member on the School Foundation Board, Unified School District 501 from 1994-1997. The former small business owner worked as an Account Representative for BG Service Solutions/ISS. She has also been an office worker, secretary, treasurer, test administrator, and substitute teacher.
Gordon is a member of Kansas, Incorporated, the Topeka Chamber of Commerce, and United Way Volunteer Center of Topeka.
- B.S. in Elementary Education- University of Kansas
Kansas Secretary of Labor (2013-present)
On January 19, 2013, after about four months serving as interim secretary of labor, Gov. Brownback nominated Gordon for permanent appointment to the state executive position. Brownback cited Gordon's swift transition into the leadership role and her focus on important issues such as "finding fraud and abuse within the unemployment system and... on improving the unemployment claimant process,” in explaining the promotion.
Deputy Secretary of Labor (2012)
Governor Sam Brownback appointed Gordon deputy secretary of labor on September 20, 2012. The day before she officially joined the department, Brownback named her interim secretary to fill the vacancy left by ousted officeholder Karin Brownlee.
State House Representative (2001-2012)
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Gordon served on the following committees:
- Appropriations Committee, Kansas House of Representatives
- Arts and Cultural Resources Committee, Kansas State Legislature, Chair
- Education Budget Committee, Kansas House of Representatives, Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Gordon served on the following committees:
- Education Committee, House of Representatives
- Health and Human Services Committee, House of Representatives
- Economic Development and Tourism Committee, House of Representatives (Chair)
- Local Government Committee, House of Representatives
- Arts and Cultural Resources Joint Committee, State Legislature
- Economic Development Joint Committee, State Legislature (Chair)
Gordon's answers to the Kansas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. She did not answer the question "Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected."
Governor Sam Brownback named Gordon interim Kansas Secretary of Labor on September 20, 2012, and nominated her for appointment on January 19, 2013. Her appointment was confirmed by the Kansas Senate on February 7, 2013.
Gordon won re-election to the 52nd District seat against Kyle Kessler (D). Gordon had no opposition in the GOP primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
|Kansas House of Representatives, District 52 General Election (2010)|
|Lana Gordon (R)||5,693|
|Kyle Kessler (D)||3,665|
On November 4, 2008, Gordon was re-elected to the 52nd District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating Claude Lee (D). Gordon raised $45,399 for her campaign, while Lee raised $3,464.
|Kansas House of Representatives, District 52|
|Lana Gordon (R)||8,692||71.9%|
|Claude Lee (D)||3,385||28.0%|
Comprehensive donor information for Gordon is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Gordon raised a total of $283,831 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.
In 2010, Gordon received $65,725 in campaign donations. The largest contributors to the campaign are listed below.
|Kansas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Lana Gordon's campaign in 2010|
|Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation||$1,000|
|Kansas Association Of Realtors||$1,000|
|Kansas Optometric Association||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$65,725|
In 2008 Gordon collected $45,399 in donations.
Her four largest contributors were:
|Kansas Contractors Association||$1,000|
|Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry||$1,000|
|Kansans for Lifesaving Cures||$1,000|
|Kansas Association of Realtors||$1,000|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Lana + Gordon + Kansas + Labor"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Kansas House of Representatives
- Kansas Secretary of Labor
- Governor of Kansas
- Sam Brownback
- Karin Brownlee
- Lana Gordon's Official Website
- Kansas Legislature - Lana Gordon
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Project Vote Smart Legislative Profile
- Kansas Votes profile
- State Surge - Legislative and voting track record
- Campaign contributions: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
- State legislature website
- Kansas Department of Labor
- KAKE, "Kansas Senate Confirms Governor's Labor Secretary," February 8, 2013 (dead link)
- Kansas City Infozine, "Governor Appoints Topekan State Labor Secretary," January 19, 2013
- The Witchita Eagle, "Kansas governor ousts labor secretary," September 21, 2012
- Kansas Legislature, "Representative Shanti Gandhi," accessed June 21, 2013
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Lana Gordon Biography
- Kansas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test
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- Kansas Secretary of State, "2008 General Election - Official Vote Totals," accessed March 29, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Kansas 2008 - Candidates," accessed March 29, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Lana Gordon," accessed July 11, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Kansas 2010 - Candidates," accessed March 31, 2014
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions
|Kansas Secretary of Labor
| Succeeded by|
|Kansas House of Representatives District 52
| Succeeded by|
Shanti Gandhi (R)