Chris Biggs

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Chris Biggs
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Kansas Secretary of State
Former officeholder
In office
2010
PartyDemocratic
Personal
BirthdayOctober 14, 1959
Chris Biggs (born October 14, 1959 in Kansas City, Missouri) was the Democratic Kansas Secretary of State, appointed to the statewide position on March 17, 2010, by Governor Mark Parkinson following the resignation of Republican Ron Thornburgh who had served in the office for sixteen years. [1] [2]

Education

  • Graduated from Manhattan Senior High School (1976)
  • Bachelor's degree, Kansas State (1980)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Kansas School of Law (1983)

Professional experience

Upon receiving his law degree, Biggs served as Deputy Public Defender in felony criminal cases for the Eighth Judicial District of Kansas, remaining in the position for five years.

Political career

In 1988, Biggs was elected Geary County Prosecutor, litigating against many homicide, drug, public corruption, voter fraud and conspiracy cases in the county; he was subsequently re-elected to the office three times. Fourteen years later, he was appointed by Governor Kathleen Sebelius to head the Kansas Securities Commission in 2003 and remained in the statewide office until Governor Mark Parkinson appointed him Secretary of State in 2010.[3]

Controversies

Independent expenditures

ProKanDo, the largest political action committee in Kansas that was primarily funded by the late-abortion doctor George Tiller, spent at least $210,000 as a last-minute sign of support for Chris Biggs in the state attorney general contests against Republican Phil Kline. [4] These independent contributions were not made known to the general public until July 2003 when the Lawrence Journal-World reported on it. [5]

Office commercials

  • In 2005, as Securities Commissioner, Biggs spent $400,000 from fines from security law violators to promote awareness of his office and securities fraud. [6]
  • In 2010, as Secretary of State, Biggs spent $190,000 from federal Helping America Vote Act (HAVA) funds to promote advance voting. Republican opponent Kris Kobach called it "naked politicking," but the previous Secretary of State, Republican Ron Thornburgh, also paid to run a similar public service announcement video. [7] [8]

Elections

2010

See also: Kansas Secretary of State election, 2010
2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary [9]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Chris Biggs 60.3%
     Democratic Party Chris Steineger 39.7%
Total Votes 80,872
2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [10]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Kris Kobach 59.0%
     Democratic Party Chris Biggs 37.2%
     Libertarian Party Phillip Horatio Lucas 2.1%
     Reform Party Derek Langseth 1.7%
Total Votes 829,513

2002

  • 2002 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
    • Chris Biggs ran unopposed in this contest
2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election [11]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Phill Kline 50.3%
     Democratic Party Chris Biggs 49.7%
Total Votes 473,727

Campaign donors

2002 Race for Attorney General - Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $206,754
Total Raised by Primary Opponent N/A
Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent $746,757
Top 5 Contributors Kansas DNC $3,963 (1.92% of Total)
Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 70/IAMAW $2,250 (1.09%)
Eleanor A. Lowe $2,000 (0.97%)
Kansas State Auto Works/UAW $2,000 (0.97%)
Grant L. Davis $2,000 (0.97%)
Individuals v. Institutions $136,393 (55.0%)
$81,475 (32.9%)
In v. Outside State $205,943 (83.1%)
$42,000 (16.9%)

See also

External links

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from August 19, 2010.


References


Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Thornburgh
Kansas Secretary of State
2010
Succeeded by
Kris Kobach