Will Kraus

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Will Kraus
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Commissioner of the State Tax Commission of Missouri
Assumed office
July 31, 2017
GovernorEric Greitens
Mike Parson
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 8th district
In office
2011–2017
Preceded byMatt Bartle
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 48th district
In office
2005–2011
Preceded byMike Sager
Succeeded byGary Cross
Personal details
Born (1973-03-22) March 22, 1973 (age 45)
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceLee's Summit, Missouri

Will Kraus (born March 22, 1973) is an American politician who represents Eastern Jackson County, Missouri in the Missouri Senate. He is a Republican. The district includes the cities of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Greenwood, Independence (part), Lake Lotawana, Lake Tapawingo, Lee's Summit, Lone Jack and Oak Grove.

State House[edit]

Kraus was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2004 after defeating Democrat Mike Sager in the general election 8,580 votes to 6,526. He was re-elected in 2006 and 2008 respectively. He has served as Vice-Chair on both the Missouri House of Representatives' Utilities and Health Care Policy Committees, and has also served on the Job Creation and Economic Development Committee.

State Senate[edit]

On August 3, 2010, Kraus won the Republican Primary for Missouri's 8th District State Senatorial District; which represents Eastern Jackson County, defeating State Representatives Bryan Pratt and Gary Dusenberg.

On November 2, 2010, Kraus won the general election against Kevin Parr (Libertarian) and was sworn in as the state senator for the 8th District on January 5, 2011. He is running unopposed for re-election to the Senate in 2014.

On July 11, 2014, Kraus announced his intention to run for Missouri Secretary of State in 2016.[1]

Electoral History[edit]

2004 General Election for Missouri's 48th State Representative[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Will Kraus 9,851 52.85
Democratic Mike Sager 8,787 47.15
2006 General Election for Missouri's 48th State Representative[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Will Kraus 7,646 52.20
Democratic Chris Moreno 7,000 47.80
2008 General Election for Missouri's 48th State Representative[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Will Kraus 11,170 58.03%
Democratic Joe Volpe 8,078 41.97%
2010 General Election for Missouri's 8th Senate District[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Will Kraus 50,615 79.37%
Libertarian Kevin Parr 13,157 20.63%
2014 General Election for Missouri's 8th Senate District[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Will Kraus (unopposed) 31,432 100%
2016 Missouri Secretary of State Republican Primary[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jay Ashcroft 401,361 61.33
Republican Will Kraus 226,473 34.60
Republican Roi Chinn 26,638 4.07

Personal life[edit]

Kraus resides in Lee's Summit, MO with his wife Carmen, and his two sons Tylor and Tannor. Tylor, the elder of the two sons, is in the Army. Tannor, graduated in May 2016, and plans to attend Missouri Baptist on a basketball scholarship.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sen. Kraus announces his candidacy for Missouri secretary of state". Columbia Missourian. July 10, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  2. ^ https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/ElectionResultsStatistics/AllRacesGeneralNovember2004.pdf
  3. ^ https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/ElectionResultsStatistics/AllRacesGeneralNovember2006.pdf
  4. ^ https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/ElectionResultsStatistics/AllRacesGeneralNovember2008.pdf
  5. ^ https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/ElectionResultsStatistics/AllRacesGeneralNovember2010.pdf
  6. ^ http://enrarchives.sos.mo.gov/enrnet/default.aspx
  7. ^ http://enrarchives.sos.mo.gov/enrnet/
  8. ^ "Senator Will Kraus: Biography". Missouri Senate. Retrieved 4 September 2010.