Jason Kander

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Jason Kander
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39th Secretary of State of Missouri
Assumed office
January 14, 2013
Governor Jay Nixon
Preceded by Robin Carnahan
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 (1981-05-04) May 4, 1981 (age 35)
Overland Park, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Diana Kagan
Alma mater American University
Georgetown University
Religion Judaism
Website Official website
Official Facebook
Official Twitter
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 2003–2011
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Battles/wars Afghanistan

Jason David Kander (born May 4, 1981) is a military veteran, lawyer and politician. He currently serves as the Secretary of State of Missouri. He has been in this position since January 2013. Prior to his tenure as Secretary of State, he served as a state representative and an intelligence officer in the Army National Guard, achieving the rank of Captain. He is the Democratic nominee for United States Senate, in the 2016 Senate election against Republican incumbent Roy Blunt.

Early life[edit]

Jason Kander was born on May 4, 1981, in Overland Park, Kansas,[1] the son of Janet and Steve Kander.[2] He graduated from Bishop Miege High School in 1999.[3] He attended American University. After 9/11, he enlisted in the Army National Guard. While earning his law degree at Georgetown University, he earned his commission through the University's ROTC battalion.[4] After completing his law degree, he volunteered for a tour in Afghanistan, where he served as a lieutenant.[5]

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.[6] In 2010, Kander was named one of 10 finalists for the Army Reserve Association's Maj. Gen. Strom Thurmond Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year Award.[7] He was discharged honorably at the rank of Captain in 2011.[8]

Legislative career[edit]

Kander was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2008.[9] In 2010, Kander worked with Republican State Representative Tim Flook to pass the first major ethics reform bill in Missouri since 1991.[10] In 2010, he ran for re-election to his State Representative seat and won 70% of the vote to defeat Republican Sally Miller.

2012 Missouri Secretary of State election[edit]

Kander announced his candidacy for the Missouri Secretary of State after SoS Robin Carnahan announced she would not seek reelection.[11] Kander defeated MD Rabbi Alam in the primary election, winning the Democratic nomination to be Missouri's Secretary of State [12]

In the general election, Kander faced the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Missouri House, State Representative Shane Schoeller. As of the October Quarterly Report, Kander had $1,075,000 on hand[13] while Schoeller had $297,450[14] to spend for the rest of the election.

On November 6, 2012, Kander narrowly defeated Schoeller and was elected Missouri Secretary of State.[15]

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.[16] He won the Democratic primary against three minor candidates on August 2, 2016.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Jason is married to Diana (Kagan) Kander, a businesswoman and author in Columbia, Missouri.[18][19] Diana immigrated from the Soviet Union with her family in 1989. The couple have one son.[19]

His great-uncle is composer John Kander.[20]

Electoral history[edit]

2008 Democratic Primary for Missouri House of Representatives 44th District
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jason Kander 3,277 68.4%
Democratic Amy Coffman 1,168 24.4%
Democratic Mary Cosgrove Spence 345 7.2%
Margin of victory 2,109 44.0%
2008 Race for Missouri House of Representatives 44th District
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jason Kander 16,082 100.0%
Margin of victory 16,082 100.0%
2010 Race for Missouri House of Representatives 44th District
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jason Kander (inc.) 8,922 69.6%
Republican Sarah "Sally" Miller 3,892 30.4%
Margin of victory 5,030 39.2%
2012 Democratic Primary for Secretary of State of Missouri
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jason Kander 247,630 86.9%
Democratic MD Rabbi Alam 37,390 13.1%
Margin of victory 210,240 73.8%
2012 Race for Secretary of State of Missouri[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jason Kander 1,298,022 48.9%
Republican Shane Schoeller 1,258,937 47.4%
Libertarian Cisse W. Spragins 70,814 2.7%
Constitution Justin Harter 27,710 1.0%
Margin of victory 39,085 1.5%


  1. ^ "A look at Mo. candidates for secretary of state". Southeast Missourian. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ Kraske, Steve (June 30, 2015). "Missouri and Kansas campaigns are scrambling for dough as June 30 deadline beckons". Kansas City Star. 
  3. ^ Wheeler, Luke (October 12, 2012). "Stag Debate: Producing Championships and Fostering Success for Miege Graduates" (PDF). 
  4. ^ Fernholz, Tim (August 24, 2007). "From Georgetown to the frontlines". The Georgetown Voice. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ Martin, David (July 15, 2014). "Jason Kander tried to clean up Missouri politics, but the waters wanted to stay muddy". The Pitch. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Officer Candidate School gives Guardsmen chance to achieve goals". Moguard.com. December 4, 2010. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Missouri National Guard Soldier Receives National Recognition". Moguard.com. September 11, 2001. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ https://cdn.jasonkander.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Kander_Military_Records_Redacted.pdf
  9. ^ "State of Missouri Primary Election August 2008 Primary Election" (PDF). State of Missouri. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  10. ^ Messenger, Tony (May 3, 2010). "Steve Tilley holds the key to fate of ethics reform bill". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ Kraske, Steve. "Steve Kraske | Jason Kander is quickly making his move". KansasCity.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Nov 6, 2012 General Election: Election Night Reporting: Missouri Secretary of State". Enr.sos.mo.gov. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Missouri Ethics Commission". mo.gov. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Missouri Ethics Commission". mo.gov. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  15. ^ Jason Hancock (December 4, 2012). "KC's Kander now secretary of state, and maybe on the rise". Kansas City Star Midwest Democracy. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Jason Kander Announces He Will Run for United States Senate". The Missouri Times (Press release). February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  17. ^ "State of Missouri - State of Missouri Primary Election". Missouri Secretary of State. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "Biography of the Missouri Secretary of State". Missouri Secretary of State. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  19. ^ a b Kass, Abby (February 12, 2015). "Entrepreneur Diana Kander left legal profession to mentor students, others". Missourian. 
  20. ^ Newmark, Judith (2012-06-24). "John Kander brings his memories to Muny's 'Chicago'". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  21. ^ Missouri Secretary of State Election Archives, 2012 General Election, Retrieved December 14, 2012

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