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Kris Kobach
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31st Secretary of State of Kansas
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 14, 2019
Governor Sam Brownback
Jeff Colyer
Preceded by Chris Biggs
Succeeded by Scott Schwab
Chair of the Kansas Republican Party
In office
January 2007 – January 2009
Preceded by Tim Shallenburger
Succeeded by Amanda Adkins
Personal details
Kris William Kobach

March 26, 1966 (1966-03-26) (age 55)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Republican
Children 5
Education Harvard University (BA)
Brasenose College, Oxford (MA, PhD)
Yale University (JD)

Kris William Kobach (born March 26, 1966) is an American politician. He was the 31st Secretary of State of Kansas from 2011 to 2019. He served as Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party from 2007 to 2009.

Kobach was the Republican candidate for Governor of Kansas after beating incumbent Governor Jeff Colyer in the primaries by 345 votes. He lost to Democrat Laura Kelly in the general election.

On July 8, 2019, Kobach launched his 2020 campaign for the United States Senate seat of retiring Senator Pat Roberts. He lost the Republican nomination to U.S. Representative Roger Marshall in August 2020.

Kobach was born in Madison, Wisconsin. He studied at Harvard University, University of Oxford, and at Howard University School of Law. He served on the Overland Park City Council. Kobach was a professor of constitutional law at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.

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