Secretary of State of Kansas
|Secretary of State of
the State of Kansas
Seal of the Secretary of State of Kansas
|Inaugural holder||John Winter Robinson|
The first Secretary of State for Kansas was John Winter Robinson, a physician from Manhattan, Kansas. Robinson was elected in December 1859, in anticipation of statehood for Kansas, and sworn in after Kansas was admitted to the Union in February 1861.
As a result of a bond scandal, Secretary Robinson was impeached on February 26, 1862, along with Governor Charles L. Robinson and State Auditor George S. Hillyer. Secretary Robinson was convicted by the Kansas Senate on June 12, 1862, and removed from his office, becoming the first state executive branch official to be impeached and removed from office in U.S. history. Hillyer was also removed from office, on June 16, but Governor Robinson was acquitted. Sanders R. Shepard succeeded to the job of Secretary of State on July 28, 1862.
In 2015, Secretary Kris Kobach requested and was granted by the Kansas Legislature prosecutorial power in voter fraud cases. In October of that year, he filed his first three vote fraud cases dealing with voting in two states.
The Secretary of State is the chief elections officer of the state, administering elections and voter registration throughout the state. The office also receives campaign finance reports and registers lobbyists. The duty of regulating lobbying and campaign finance is shared with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission. The Secretary was granted by the Kansas Legislature prosecutorial power in voter fraud cases and is the first and only Secretary of state to hold that power.
The Secretary's Publications Section is responsible for publishing various legal and informational documents for the state. This includes statutory and administrative law publications such as session laws, regulations, and the state's gazette, the Kansas Register.
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|Frederick P. Stanton||1857||Democratic|
|James W. Denver||1857–1858||Democratic|
|Hugh Sleight Walsh||1858–1860||Democratic|
|George M. Beebe||1860–1861||Democratic|
|John Winter Robinson||1861–1862||Republican|
|Sanders Rufus Shepherd||1862–1863||Republican|
|Warren Wirt Henry Lawrence||1863–1865||Republican|
|Rinaldo Allen Barker||1865–1869||Republican|
|William Hillary Smallwood||1871–1875||Republican|
|Thomas Horne Cavanaugh||1875–1879||Republican|
|Edwin Bird Allen||1885–1889||Republican|
|Russell Scott Osborn||1893–1895||Populist|
|William Corydon Edwards||1895–1897||Republican|
|William Eben Bush||1897–1899||Populist|
|George Alfred Clark||1899–1903||Republican|
|Joel Randall Burrow||1903–1907||Republican|
|Charles Eugene Denton||1907–1911||Republican|
|Charles Harrison Sessions||1911–1915||Republican|
|John Thomas Botkin||1915–1919||Republican|
|Lewis Julian Pettijohn||1919–1922||Republican|
|David Owen McCray||1922–1923||Republican|
|Frank Joseph Ryan||1923–1929||Republican|
|Edgbert Albert Cornell||1929–1933||Republican|
|Frank Joseph Ryan||1933–1949||Republican|
|Paul R. Shanahan||1951–1966||Republican|
|Elwill M. Shanahan||1966–1978||Republican|
- Blackmar, Frank (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History. Standard Publishing Co. pp. 592–598.
- Eveld, Edward M. (October 28, 2015). "Former Olathe couple among those charged with voter fraud by Kris Kobach". Kansas City Star. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
- Legal publications available from the Kansas Secretary of State
- Safe at Home main page
- Kansas census
- Official homepage of the Kansas Secretary of State
- Kansas Historical Society
- Kansas Government Information Library (Scroll down to Secretary of State)