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Ron Thornburgh

In office
January 10, 1995 – February 15, 2010
Governor Bill Graves
Kathleen Sebelius
Mark Parkinson
Preceded by Bill Graves
Succeeded by Chris Biggs

Born December 31, 1962 (1962-12-31) (age 47)
Burlingame, Kansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Annette Thornburgh
Residence Topeka, Kansas
Religion Methodist

Ron E. Thornburgh, Republican, (born December 31, 1962, in Burlingame, Kansas[1]) is the current Secretary of State of Kansas. He was elected in to 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]


Personal life



  • 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


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