Andover state rep. named as securities chief

Gov.-elect Sam Brownback announced Tuesday that he was nominating an Andover legislator to be the next state securities commissioner.

Aaron Jack, a Republican, was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2008 and ran unopposed for re-election in November. He is a financial consultant and president of Heritage Consulting in Wichita.

Jack said he was honored that Brownback would consider him for the position.

"To be nominated by someone with his service to Kansas is really humbling," Jack said. "I'm really honored to have the opportunity to serve."

Jack, 35, who is married and has two young children, said he didn't anticipate major changes in the security commissioner's office. The agency regulates and monitors the sale of securities and financial services.

"I'm not going into it with my mind made up that there are certain things that need to happen or need not to happen," he said.

Brownback said in a news release that Jack's "wide range of experience in investment and securities management gives him the skill set necessary to do this job well."

Jack's nomination must be confirmed by the Kansas Senate when it convenes in January.

Chris Biggs, a Democrat, served as securities commissioner from 2003 until March, when he was appointed Kansas secretary of state. Marc Wilson, a Kansas City-area lawyer, has filled the position since being appointed by Gov. Mark Parkinson in May.