TOPEKA – The governor named Chris Biggs to become the Kansas secretary of state on Tuesday.
Biggs, who has served as the state security commissioner since 2003, said he did not have an agenda for the office, which oversees elections. Biggs is running for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state; that election is in August.
“The biggest problem we have, and this is apparent to me, is not one of voter fraud but of voter apathy,” he said shortly after being sworn in by Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert E. Davis.
Parkinson, a Democrat, said he made his pick out of the approximately 15 people who expressed interest because of Biggs’ experience and reputation.
“He shares my view that elections need to be open and we need to do everything we can to get people to vote,” the governor said.
In addition to serving as security commissioner, Biggs served 14 years as Geary County attorney.
Former Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh, a Republican who served four terms, resigned Feb. 15 to become a senior vice president for Olathe-based NIC Inc., which builds and manages government Web sites.
For more, read Wednesday’s Wichita Eagle.