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Jason Kander
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39th Secretary of State of Missouri
In office
January 14, 2013 – January 9, 2017
Governor Jay Nixon
Preceded by Robin Carnahan
Succeeded by Jay Ashcroft
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 44th district
In office
January 12, 2009 – January 14, 2013
Preceded by Jenee Lowe
Succeeded by Caleb Rowden
Personal details
Born Jason David Kander
(1981-05-04) May 4, 1981 (age 37)
Overland Park, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Diana Kagan (m. 2003)
Children 1 son
Relatives John Kander (grand-uncle)
Education American University (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)
Website Campaign website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 2003–2011
Rank US Army O3 shoulderboard rotated.svg Captain
Unit Missouri National Guard
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan

Jason David Kander (born May 4, 1981) is an American attorney, combat veteran, and politician. A Democrat, he served as the 39th Secretary of State of Missouri, from 2013 to 2017. He had previously served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2009 to 2013. Before entering politics, he was an intelligence officer in the Army National Guard, achieving the rank of captain.

He was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate for Missouri in 2016, narrowly losing the election to Republican incumbent Roy Blunt.[1] After the Senate election, Kander founded an organization called Let America Vote, a campaign dedicated to ending voter suppression.[2] He is currently running in the 2019 Kansas City mayoral election.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Kander was born on May 4, 1981 in Overland Park, Kansas,[4] the son of Janet (née Secor), a juvenile probation officer, and Steve Kander, a police officer who later ran a small business.[5][6] His father is Jewish, and Kander himself was brought up in a Jewish household which he describes as "Reform but not very observant."[7][8] He was raised in Shawnee, Kansas with his younger brother, Jeff, and several troubled children that his parents fostered.[9][10]

He graduated from Bishop Miege High School in 1999, where he had been a member of the debate team.[11][12] He then attended American University, where he studied political science.[9] After the September 11 attacks, he enlisted in the Army National Guard as a second lieutenant. While earning his law degree at Georgetown University, he earned his commission through the University's ROTC battalion.[13] After completing his law degree in 2005,[14] he volunteered for a tour in Afghanistan, where he served as an intelligence officer.[15] While serving, his main responsibilities included investigating groups and individuals suspected of corruption, espionage, drug trafficking, and facilitating Al Qaeda and the Taliban.[16]

When he returned home, Kander took a position as an instructor at the Missouri Army National Guard's Officer Candidate School at Fort Leonard Wood, where he taught hundreds of soldiers leadership skills in combat.[17][18] He also worked as an adjunct instructor in political science at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, and as an attorney at local law firms.[19] In 2010, he was named one of ten finalists for the Army Reserve Association's Major General Strom Thurmond Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year Award.[20] He was honorably discharged at the rank of captain in 2011.[21]

Political career[edit]

Heartland Democrats of America[edit]

Heartland Democrats of America (HDA) was a political action committee founded in 2005 in Kansas City, Missouri by Kander and his wife, Diana.[9][22] He served as the treasurer until 2007.[23][24] HDA raised over one hundred thousand dollars from special interest groups and individuals in support of Democratic candidates and causes.[25] Notable supporters included current and former state and city elected officials, along with national figures, such as Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman and former Virginia governor; George Lakoff, an author and professor at the University of California, Berkeley; John Halpin, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress; and Mark Talisman, an author, Democratic activist, and president of the Project Judaica Foundation.[26]

HDA's mission was to "recognize the need for Democrats to engage in, expand, and ultimately win the 'values debate.' HDA members understand that progress cannot wait for the next campaign season, because Democrats need to start changing minds now. HDA champions strong Democratic values in Missouri and throughout America's Heartland. The era of the apologetic Democrat in middle America is being laid to rest forever – replaced by a unifying values message worthy of the hard-working people of middle America."[27] HDA was officially terminated in 2008.[28]

Missouri House of Representatives[edit]

Kander with former Kansas City Mayor Richard L. Berkley in July 2011

Kander was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2008, representing the 44th district. He easily defeated two other Democrats in the primary election, but was unchallenged in the general election.[29]

Serving on the Budget Committee, he fought against no-bid contracts and worked to pass balanced budgets without raising taxes. He helped pass legislation strengthening Missouri's human trafficking laws, as well as a law that enabled authorities to prevent kidnappings during custody battles. In addition to his legislative duties, he was appointed in 2009 to serve on the Missouri Veterans Commission, which oversees all services for the state’s veterans.[16] In 2010, Kander worked with Republican State Representative Tim Flook to pass the first major ethics reform bill in Missouri since 1991.[30] Later that year, he ran for re-election to his State Representative seat and won 69.6% of the vote to defeat Republican Sally Miller.[31]

During his time in the Missouri House, Kander was the chief sponsor of 28 bills, none of which became law.[32]

Missouri Secretary of State[edit]

Kander visiting Fort Leonard Wood in November 2013

Kander announced his candidacy for the Missouri Secretary of State after Robin Carnahan announced she would not seek reelection.[33] He defeated MD Rabbi Alam in the primary election, winning the Democratic nomination.[34]

In the general election, Kander faced the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Missouri House, State Representative Shane Schoeller. Schoeller ran on a platform of implementing stricter voter identification rules. By contrast, Kander opposed harsher voter identification rules, instead focusing on reforming the state's campaign finance laws.[35]

On November 6, 2012, Kander narrowly defeated Schoeller and was elected Missouri Secretary of State.[36] At 32 years old, he was the youngest statewide elected official in the nation at the time, as well as the first millennial.[37][18]

While in office, Kander made ethics reform one of his top priorities. He admitted this could be "an uphill battle' given that Missouri has had some of the weakest ethics laws in the country and Republicans had supermajorities in both chambers of the state legislature. "I am realistic about the fact that it is not easy to get any legislative body to police itself. There is no interest group in Jefferson City called Big Ethics. I just remind legislators of both parties that this is something that the public expects of all of us," he said in 2014.[37]

2016 U.S. Senate election[edit]

On February 19, 2015, Kander entered the race to represent Missouri in the United States Senate against Roy Blunt, the Republican incumbent.[38] He won the Democratic primary against three other candidates on August 2, 2016. During the campaign, he positioned himself as a Washington, DC outsider and touted his experience as an Army Intelligence officer.[39] He accused Blunt of being well connected to DC lobbyists (Blunt's wife and three children are in fact lobbyists). Blunt in turn accused Kander of being too liberal.[40]

In September, Kander's campaign received national attention when it released an advertisement explaining his support for gun control measures. Entitled "Background Checks", it showed him assembling an AR-15 rifle while blindfolded and then challenging Blunt to attempt the same thing. The advertisement quickly went viral, and as of November 2016 the original YouTube video had earned over 1.3 million views.[41][42] Initially, Kander was well behind in the race, but polls started to show a tightening in the fall.[43] In response to this, Blunt campaign began attacking Kander for being a national co-chair for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.[39]

During the campaign, Kander received endorsements from Americans for Responsible Solutions,[44] Daily Kos,[45] the League of Conservation Voters,[46] Planned Parenthood Action Fund,[47] and the Sierra Club.[48]

Kander was narrowly defeated by Blunt in the general election, receiving 46.4% of the vote to Blunt's 49.2%. In spite of the loss, Kander received the most votes of any Democrat running statewide in Missouri that year, outperforming Clinton, gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster, and other Democrats.[1]

2019 mayoral election[edit]

On June 25, 2018, Kander announced that he will run for mayor of Kansas City in 2019 to replace term-limited incumbent Sly James.[3][49]

Prior to his announcement, Kander had been repeatedly mentioned as a possible contender for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.[50][51][52][12][53] Speculation about his presidential ambitions had been fueled by his frequent visits to the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire,[54] and Kander himself had suggested he would consider exploring a bid after the 2018 midterm elections were finished.[55] His campaign for mayor effectively put that speculation to rest.[56]

Other work[edit]

In 2017, Kander became a CNN contributor.[57] He hosts the Crooked Media podcast Majority 54 with Jason Kander, where he and his guests explore how Democrats can talk about divisive issues with people who voted for Donald Trump.[58] In 2018, he authored his first memoir Outside the Wire: 10 Lessons I've Learned in Everyday Courage, reflecting on his time in the military, to launching his first political campaign, to where the Democratic Party should go following the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[59]

Kander has also lent his support to other Democrats running for office, such as Jon Ossoff,[60] Phil Murphy,[61] Conor Lamb,[62] Stacey Abrams,[63] and Kyrsten Sinema.[64]

Let America Vote[edit]

Let America Vote is a political action organization founded by Kander in 2017. Its mission is to end voter suppression and gerrymandering across the country.[2] The group raised approximately $2.4 million in its first year.[65][66][67] Notable members of its advisory board include human rights activist Martin Luther King III, actor Bradley Whitford, and former White House officials Josh Earnest, Jon Favreau, and Dan Pfeiffer.[68] In his capacity as president of Let America Vote, Kander also serves as chairman of the DNC's Commission on Protecting American Democracy from the Trump Administration. Congresswoman Terri Sewell serves as vice chair.[69]

Political positions[edit]

Campaign finance[edit]

He considers overturning Citizens United v. FEC a political priority.[32] In addition to helping pass ethics reform while a state representative, he forbade his office employees from taking gifts from lobbyists while Secretary of State.[70]

Education[edit]

Kander supports the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.[70]

For higher education, he supports capping interest rates on federal student loans and expanding Pell Grants to provide more aid to low-income students. He believes students who have graduated need to be able to refinance their loans at lower rates.[71]

Fiscal policy[edit]

Kander supports tax breaks for the middle class, and closing tax loopholes for corporations.[72] He is in favor of increasing the federal minimum wage, and for ensuring equal pay for equal work. He is supportive of adding a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.[70]

Foreign relations[edit]

Kander is skeptical of the Iran Nuclear Deal.[70] He is pro-Israel and has called on Congress to stop the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.[73]

Gun control[edit]

In 2009, Kander voted against a bill that would have extended to renters the Castle Doctrine (a doctrine that allows a homeowner to use deadly force against a perceived intruder). The bill would have also lowered the age requirement for a concealed carry permit and would have removed a ban on carrying a gun on a college campus. The National Rifle Association gives Kander an "F" rating and spent nearly $1 million against him in 2016 (the most money against any candidate that year outside of Ohio).[74][75][76]

Health care[edit]

Kander supports improving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He has proposed changing the 30-hour workweek used to define full-time employees, allowing cheaper plans for people who do not require medical care, and repealing the long-delayed Cadillac tax. He is in favor of a public health insurance option, but also supports single-payer healthcare.[77][78] He believes states should take advantage of the Medicaid expansion the law provided.[72]

Kander is pro-choice, but is in favor of retaining the Hyde Amendment.[70]

Judiciary[edit]

Kander was critical of Republican senators who refused to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, citing it as an example of Washington dysfunction. He believes senators should meet with all Supreme Court nominees.[70]

LGBT rights[edit]

Kander supports the 2015 United States Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that deemed the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.[79] While a state legislator, he co-sponsored the Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA); the bill never became law. Regardless, as Secretary of State, he implemented a non-discrimination policy for the office's hiring practices that would have conformed to MONA had it become law. He supports passing the federal Equality Act into law.[80]

National security[edit]

On immigration policy, Kander is supportive of the bipartisan immigration bill of 2013 that passed the Senate, but was never considered by the House.[70] He is opposed to closing the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, but also voted against a measure to prevent Missouri from housing, transporting, or providing medical care to any prisoners suspected of terrorism.[81]

Trade[edit]

Kander opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, believing it hurts working-class families and encourages sending jobs overseas.[70] He is, however, in favor of modernizing the Cuban embargo to allow American farmers and ranchers to sell their goods into Cuba.[82]

Welfare[edit]

Kander is against privatizing Social Security. On Medicare, he believes the government should be using its marketplace clout to negotiate lower prescription drug prices. He believes both programs can be strengthened by eliminating wasteful government spending in other sectors.[83]

Awards[edit]

On April 19, 2018, Kander was honored for his commitment to integrity in government with the James C. Kirkpatrick Excellence in Governance Award by the student government association at the University of Central Missouri. At the ceremony, he encouraged the audience to remain confident in the promise of America and to serve wherever they find the opportunity.[84]

Personal life and family[edit]

Kander married his high school sweetheart, entrepreneur and author Diana Kander (née Kagan) in 2003.[85][14][12] Diana and her family emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1989. The couple have one son named True, who was born in September 2013.[14]

Kander is the grand-nephew of musical composer John Kander, whose best-known works include Cabaret and Chicago.[86] He is a distant relative of Lizzie Black Kander, author of The Settlement Cookbook.[87] He is an avid fan of the Kansas City Royals[53][32]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Kander, Jason (2018). Outside the Wire: 10 Lessons I've Learned in Everyday Courage. Twelve Books. ISBN 978-1538747599. 

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