Ron Thornburgh

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Ron E. Thornburgh
29th Secretary of State of Kansas
In office
January 10, 1995 – February 15, 2010
Governor Bill Graves
Kathleen Sebelius
Mark Parkinson
Preceded by Bill Graves
Succeeded by Chris Biggs
Personal details
Born (1962-12-31) December 31, 1962 (age 54)[1]
Burlingame, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Annette Thornburgh
Children 2
Residence Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
Alma mater Washburn University

Ron E. Thornburgh, (born December 31, 1962, Burlingame, Kansas) was the 29th Secretary of State of Kansas. He was elected into his first term in 1994 and was subsequently re-elected in 1998, 2002, and 2006.[2]

In July 2007, Thornburgh announced his intentions to explore a run for governor of Kansas in 2010 by appointing a state treasurer, which would allow him to begin raising money:

"This is a game in which timing is everything. The time feels right for us right now, in that we've got great support around the state of Kansas", Thornburgh said.[3]

After polling showed him losing the Republican primary to other candidates, Thornburgh dropped out of the race in June 2009.[4]

He resigned as Secretary of State of Kansas on February 15, 2010.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]


  • Board Member, Saint Johns Military Academy, 1999–2003
  • Board Member, Young Men's Christian Association, 1998–2003
  • Honorary Chairman, Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Participant, Toll Fellow Program, 1995
  • Founder/President, Drug Education for Youth, 1994–2003
  • Member, Association of the United States Army State Board
  • Executive Committee Member, Council of State Governments
  • Clearinghouse Advisory Panel Member, Federal Election Commission
  • Member, First United Methodist Church
  • Vice-Chairman of Marketing, Executive Council, Jayhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts of America
  • Honorary Board Member, Kids Voting Kansas
  • Past President/Executive Committee, National Association of Secretaries of State
  • Member, Sons of American Legion
  • Advisory Committee Member, United Way
  • Member, United Way Success by Six Steering Committee
  • Member, Washburn University Alumni Fellow.
  • Member, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity (Kansas Beta Chapter)


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Digital Government “Agent of Change” Award (2002)
  • Lee Ann Elliott Election Excellence Award (2004) from Kids Voting USA
  • Jim Edwards Leadership Kansas Alumnus of the Year Award (2005)
  • Leaders in Learning Award (2005)
  • Mike Harder Public Administrator of the Year Award (2006) from the American Society for Public Administration – Kansas Chapter


  1. ^ "Ron E. Thornburgh profile". Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Ron Thornburgh profile". Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
  3. ^ John Hanna (July 31, 2007). "Thornburgh mulls gubernatorial run Secretary of state is gauging support for bid in 2010". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Thornburgh Backs Out of Governors Race". Retrieved May 14, 2017. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Graves
Secretary of State of Kansas
Succeeded by
Chris Biggs