Kris William Kobach (born March 26, 1966) is the conservative Secretary of State of Kansas, serving since 2011. President Donald Trump appointed Kobach in 2017 as the Vice-chair of the Commission on Voter Integrity. Kobach is known for his fight against voter fraud, including his efforts to ensure that only U.S. citizens are voting in elections. He has correctly noted that the September 11, 2001 attacks could have been avoided had U.S. immigration laws been strongly enforced.
Kobach unsuccessfully ran for congress in 1993.
In 2001, Kobach took a leave of absence from his job as a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to become a White House fellow assigned to the Justice Department in the George W. Bush administration. There, Kobach worked on implementing the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS).
Kobach served as chairman of the Kansas Republican Party from 2007 to 2009. He won election as Kansas Secretary of State in 2010 and won re-election in 2014.
While serving as Kansas Secretary of State, Kobach joined an "Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program" program to compare the names and birth date of the voter rolls in different states for common entries. Kobach also convinced Kansas to give the Secretary of State the power to prosecute criminal charges for voter fraud in 2015.
On June 8, 2017, Kobach announced his candidacy in the 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race. He ran as an anti-establishment candidate. He won the GOP primary in a close race, becoming the first Kansas gubernatorial primary candidate to defeat an incumbent governor in sixty years. However, opposed by the GOP establishment and liberals, Kobach lost the general election.
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