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Lana Gordon
Lana Gordon.jpg
Kansas Secretary of Labor
Incumbent
Years in position 2
PartyNon-partisan
PredecessorKarin Brownlee
Compensation
Base salary$102,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedSeptember 20, 2012
Appointed byGovernor Sam Brownback (R)
Campaign $$283,831
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives
2001-2012
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kansas (1971)
Personal
BirthdayAugust 20, 1950
Place of birthKansas City, Missouri
ProfessionAccount Representative, BG Service Solutions/ISS
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Lana Gordon is the current Kansas Secretary of Labor. She was nominated for the statewide position by Governor Sam Brownback on January 19, 2013. [1] Gordon had been serving as interim secretary of the Department of Labor since September 2012. Brownback cited her 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,” as his reasons for promoting her to the position in an official capacity.[2] Gordon's appointment was confirmed by the Kansas Senate on February 7, 2013.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.

Biography

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.[6]

Gordon is a member of Kansas, Incorporated, the Topeka Chamber of Commerce, and United Way Volunteer Center of Topeka.

Education

  • B.S. in Elementary Education- University of Kansas

Political career

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.[2]

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.[3]

State House Representative (2001-2012)

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

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."[7]

Elections/Appointments

2012, 2013

Governor Sam Brownback named Gordon interim Kansas Secretary of Labor on September 20, 2012, and nominated her for appointment on January 19, 2013.[3] Her appointment was confirmed by the Kansas Senate on February 7, 2013.[8]

2010

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

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)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.pngLana Gordon (R) 5,693
Kyle Kessler (D) 3,665

2008

On November 4, 2008, Gordon was re-elected to the 52nd District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, defeating Claude Lee (D). [9] Gordon raised $45,399 for her campaign, while Lee raised $3,464. [10]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 52
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.pngLana Gordon (R) 8,692 71.9%
Claude Lee (D) 3,385 28.0%

Campaign donors

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.[11]

Lana Gordon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 Kansas State House District 52 Won $65,725
2008 Kansas State House District 52 Won $45,399
2006 Kansas State House District 52 Won $40,462
2004 Kansas State House District 52 Won $37,523
2002 Kansas State House District 52 Won $45,170
2000 Kansas State House District 52 Won $49,552
Grand Total Raised $283,831

2010

In 2010, Gordon received $65,725 in campaign donations. The largest contributors to the campaign are listed below.[12]


2008

In 2008 Gordon collected $45,399 in donations.[13]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Contractors Association $1,000
Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry $1,000
Kansans for Lifesaving Cures $1,000
Koch Industries $1,000
Kansas Association of Realtors $1,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Karin Brownlee
Kansas Secretary of Labor
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Kansas House of Representatives District 52
2001–2012
Succeeded by
Shanti Gandhi (R)