Jason Kander

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Jason Kander
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Missouri Secretary of State
In office
January 14, 2013-present
Term ends
Years in position 2
PredecessorRobin Carnahan (D)
Base salary$107,746
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,008,371
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Missouri House of Representatives, District 44
Bachelor'sAmerican University
J.D.Georgetown Law School, 2005
Date of birthMay 4, 1981
Place of birthKansas City, MO
Office website
Personal website
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Jason Kander (b. May 4, 1981, in Kansas City, Missouri) is the Democratic Secretary of State of Missouri. Prior to his election as secretary of state, Kander served two terms in the Missouri State House, representing District 44.

Kander was elected Missouri Secretary of State in the 2012 election. He defeated Shane Schoeller (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Kander took office in January 2013 upon the expiration of incumbent Robin Carnahan's term. Carnahan did not seek re-election in 2012, choosing to run for U.S. Senate instead.[1]


Kander worked as an attorney and is a Second Lieutenant/Instructor in the United States Army Reserve. He served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army, Afghanistan from 2006-2007, and was a Political Science Instructor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown Law School and B.A. in Political Science from American University.

Kander is on the Board of Directors of Coro Kansas City, founder of Heartland Democrats of America, and a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Missouri State Bar Association, and New Reform Temple.[2]


  • B.A. Political Science, American University
  • J.D. Georgetown Law School

Political career

Missouri Secretary of State (2013-present)

Kander was first elected secretary of state on November 6, 2012, defeating Republican Shane Schoeller for the open state executive seat. He officially succeeded Robin Carnahan, a fellow Democrat who did not seek re-election as secretary of state in 2012, on January 14, 2013.[3]

Missouri State House (2009-2013)

Kander served as the 44th District Rep. of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2009-2013.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kander served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kander served on the following committees:



See also: Missouri secretary of state election, 2012

Kander won election to the office of Secretary of State in Missouri's 2012 state executive election. He defeated MD Rabbi Alam in the Democratic primary on August 7, 2012, and later prevailed over Republican state rep. Shane Schoeller, Libertarian Cisse Spragins, and Constitution party candidate Justin Harter in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Missouri Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason Kander 48.9% 1,298,022
     Republican Shane Schoeller 47.4% 1,258,937
     Libertarian Cisse Spragins 2.7% 70,814
     Constitution Justin Harter 1% 27,710
Total Votes 2,655,483
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.


  • Kander defeated Alam in the Democratic primary contest with almost 87% of the vote.
Missouri Secretary of State Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJason Kander 86.9% 247,630
MD Rabbi Alam 13.1% 37,390
Total Votes 285,020
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.


  • Voter-ID bill

Kander opposed a bill sponsored by then Republican primary candidate for secretary Shane Schoeller which would require voters to show a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship to register to vote, as well as require absentee voters to mail in copies of their photo IDs with their ballots. Kander, an Afghanistan veteran, said House Bill 2109 would disenfranchise servicemen fighting overseas. "At a time when we should be making it easier for military men and women abroad to vote, Speaker Schoeller's bill would make it next to impossible," he stated in April 2012.[5]

  • Early voting

Kander expressed support for extending early voting in Missouri. "I think at minimum we should move toward no-excuse absentee because it won’t cost the state anything since the infrastructure already exists.”[6]


On November 2, 2010 Kander won election to the Missouri House of Representatives.[7]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 44 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jason Kander (D) 8,922
Sally Miller (R) 3,892


On November 04, 2008, Jason Kander ran unopposed for District 44 of the Missouri House of Representatives. [8]

Jason Kander raised $104,972 for his campaign.[9]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 44
Candidates Votes Percent
Jason Kander (D) 16,082 100.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kander is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Kander raised a total of $2,008,371 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 12, 2013.[10]

Jason Kander's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Missouri Secretary of State Won $1,700,262
2010 Missouri Secretary of State Won $203,137
2008 Missouri State House District 44 Won $104,972
Grand Total Raised $2,008,371


Kander won re-election to the position of Missouri Secretary of State in 2012. During that election cycle, Kander raised a total of $1,700,262.


In 2010, a year in which Kander was up for re-election, he collected $203,137 in donations.[11]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Kander, John $20,000
Hanson, Stueve Siegel $7,000
Citizens for Stephen Webber $3,150
Carpenters District Council of Kansas City & Vicinity $3,000


Listed below are the two largest contributors to Jason Kander's 2008 campaign.[9]

Donor Amount
Jason Kander $30,000
Carpenters District Council of Kansas City & Vicinity $3,000


Kander resides in Waldo, Missouri with his wife, Diana.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robin Carnahan (D)
Missouri Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Missouri House of Representatives District 44
Succeeded by
Caleb Rowden (R)