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Jake LaTurner
40th Treasurer of Kansas
Assumed office
April 25, 2017
Governor Sam Brownback
Jeff Colyer
Laura Kelly
Preceded by Ron Estes
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 13th district
In office
January 9, 2013 – April 25, 2017
Preceded by Bob Marshall
Succeeded by Richard Hilderbrand
Personal details
Born (1988-02-17) February 17, 1988 (age 31)
Galena, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Pittsburg State University ( BA)

Jacob LaTurner (born February 17, 1988) is the 40th Treasurer of Kansas and a former member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 13th District from 2013 until 2017. LaTurner was appointed as Kansas State Treasurer, effective upon the April 25, 2017 resignation of Ron Estes, who won a special election in Kansas's 4th congressional district. [1] Upon his appointment, LaTurner was the youngest statewide official in the United States. [2] LaTurner was elected to a four-year term as Kansas State Treasurer on November 6, 2018. [3] Upon being elected as Kansas Treasurer, LaTurner became the youngest statewide elected official in the United States.

Early life and education

LaTurner is a native of Southeast Kansas and was born and raised in Galena, Kansas. He graduated from Galena High School (Kansas) and enrolled at Pittsburg State University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science. [4] LaTurner worked for former Kansas Treasurer and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins during his time in college in her Pittsburg district office. [5]

Kansas State Senator

During his tenure in the State's Legislature, he promoted efforts to expand the Kansas Open Record Act (KORA) and the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA). [6] [7]

In 2017, LaTurner helped pass Simon's Law in the Kansas Senate. Simon's Law ensures that parents are the decision-makers when it comes to Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders for their critically ill children. [8]

LaTurner has an A+ rating from the NRA, and was the lead sponsor of Constitutional Carry in Kansas. [9]

LaTurner authored a bill limiting property tax increases. [10]

Kansas State Treasurer

As Kansas Treasurer, LaTurner oversees the unclaimed property program for Kansas. There is over $350 million of unclaimed property in Kansas. LaTurner completed a 105 County Tour within 5 months during his first year in office, and returned over $10 million during the tour. [11] He has modernized the marketing efforts of the Treasurer's Office by utilizing digital media and has made social media a key part of outreach for the office. [12]

During LaTurner's first year in office, he returned a record amount of unclaimed property to Kansans, over $25.5 million. “Every dollar we return to the people of Kansas is a dollar that goes back into their local communities,” LaTurner said. “Not only have we returned a record amount of money to Kansans, but we have made the process more user friendly and we have improved the service offered to Kansans.” [13]

LaTurner also administers the Kansas Learning Quest 529 Education Savings and ABLE Savings Programs, which assist Kansans in saving for their future. [14] During his first year in office, LaTurner implemented changes to the Kansas Learning Quest and ABLE Savings Programs. Under these changes, individuals living with a disability are able to roll over saved funds within a 529 Education Savings Account into their ABLE Account. Additionally, Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Account holders can utilize their funds for K-12 education tuition. [15]

LaTurner v. United States

As Kansas Treasurer, LaTurner continued a legal case against the U.S. Department of Treasury in order to have the Federal Government to return the proceeds from matured bonds to Kansas. A federal judge issued a ruling in support of longstanding claims the state of Kansas should take possession of about $150 million in unredeemed, matured U.S. Savings Bonds to improve prospects of identifying the rightful owner. [16]

References

  1. ^ Brownback picks Pittsburg, Kan., Republican to fill state treasurer post (Kansas City Star article-April 18, 2017)
  2. ^ "Kansas Governor Appoints Nation's Youngest Statewide Official". The Celock Report. April 18, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Republican LaTurner elected Kansas treasurer". KSNW. 2018-11-07. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  4. ^ "Governor appoints Sen. Jake LaTurner as Kansas State Treasurer". Parsons Sun. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Governor appoints Sen. Jake LaTurner as Kansas State Treasurer". Parsons Sun. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "Senate Bill 361". Kansas Legislature; 2015-2016 Legislative Sessions. Kansas Legislative Information System and Services.
  7. ^ Marso, Andy (January 19, 2013). "Freshman senator intent on opening up government". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "Kansas Senate passes Simon's Law for parental rights". Kansans For Life Blog. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  9. ^ Carpenter, Tim. "Kansas Senate pushes ahead with 'constitutional' carry of concealed guns". The Topeka Capital. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  10. ^ "Kansas to consider tightening limits on local property taxes". LJWorld.com. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  11. ^ "LATURNER RETURNED $10 MILLION TO KANSANS DURING 105 COUNTY TOUR". WamegoTimes.com. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "Nation's Youngest Statewide Official Pushes Social Media". John Celock | Writer, Media Affairs Advisor, Author. 2017-07-06. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  13. ^ Smith, Sherman. "Kansas State Treasurer's office sets high mark with $25.5 million returned from unclaimed property". The Topeka Capital. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  14. ^ Wiley, Eric. "State treasurer visits Salina". Salina Journal. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  15. ^ Strader, Stacie (2018-02-21). "KS Implements Changes to ABLE, 529 Accounts". KOAM. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  16. ^ Carpenter, Tim. "Kansas official hails federal ruling on $150 million in unclaimed bonds". The Topeka Capital. Retrieved February 12, 2018.

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Kansas Senate
Preceded by
Bob Marshall
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 13th district

2013–2017
Succeeded by
Richard Hilderbrand
Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Estes
Treasurer of Kansas
2017–present
Incumbent