State Sen. Chris Steineger made it official today, filing the paperwork to run for Kansas Secretary of State.
The Kansas City, Kan. Democrat cited his experience in the Legislature, specifically his service on the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, where he says he "learned the laws and procedures governing Kansas elections."
Steineger said the Secretary of State post is one that demands a non-partisan approach.
"I pledge to continue this tradition of nonpartisanship and professionalism if I am chosen by the voters," Steineger said in a statement announcing the filing. "The responsibility of the Secretary of State is to provide fair and open elections and honest public services to individuals and businesses in a non-partisan manner."
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Steineger is a 13-year Senate veteran who now serves on the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, Education Committee and Tax Committee.
Somewhat of a maverick within the Democratic Party, Steineger has made a name for himself by proposing some rather unorthodox ideas, like consolidataing the state's counties (remember the JoDotte proposal to merge Wyandotte and Johnson counties? That was Steineger).
Steineger chad onsidered a run for governor in 2010.
He's the son of former Sen. Jack Steineger.