Jason Kander Wiki
Jason Kander(Jason David Kander) is an American attorney, author, veteran, and politician. A Democrat, he served as the 39th Secretary of State of Missouri, from 2013 to 2017. Later he had served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2009 to 2013. Before entering politics, he was an intelligence officer in the Army National Guard, achieving the rank of captain.
Jason Kander Biography
In 1999 he graduated from Bishop Miege High School, where he had been a member of the debate team. He then attended American University, where he studied political science. After the September 11 attacks, he enlisted in the Army National Guard.
While earning his law degree at Georgetown University, he earned his commission as a second lieutenant through the University’s ROTC battalion. After completing his law degree in 2005, he volunteered for a tour in Afghanistan, where he served as an intelligence officer.
He was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate for Missouri in 2016, narrowly losing the election to Republican incumbent Roy Blunt. After the Senate election, Kander founded an organization called Let America Vote, a campaign dedicated to ending voter suppression. He declared himself a candidate in the 2019 Kansas City mayoral election, but dropped out on 2nd October 2018, after revealing that he suffered from PTSD and depression.
Jason Kander Age
He was born 4th May 1981, in Overland Park, KS.
Jason Kander Family
He is the son of Janet(a juvenile probation officer) and Steve Kander(a police officer who later ran a small business).” He was raised in Shawnee, Kansas together with his younger brother, Jeff, and several troubled children that his parents fostered.
Jason Kander Wife
He has married Diana Kagan, in 2003.
Jason Kander Kids
They have one child together.
Jason Kander Height
Information will be updated soon.
Jason Kander Salary
Jason’s salary is estimated to be between $10k to $50k per year.
Jason Kander Net Worth
His estimated net worth is around $250k.
Jason Kander Religious
He was brought up in a Jewish household which he describes as “Reform but not very observant.
Jason Kander Book
Outside the Wire: Ten Lessons I’ve Learned in Everyday Courage
Self-Confidence: How to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs and Achieve Your Goals
Self-Confidence: Strength and Self-Esteem Workbook for Everybody Overcoming Fear
Jason Kander Podcast
Jason Kander Contact
Jason Kande mailing address
PO Box 413736, Kansas City, MO 64141.
Jason Kander Website
Jason Kander 2019 | Jason Kander Let America Vote
2019 mayoral election
2019 Kansas City mayoral election
On 25th June 2018, he announced that he will run for mayor of Kansas City in 2019 to replace term-limited incumbent Sly James.
Prior to his announcement, he had been repeatedly mentioned as a possible contender for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Speculation about his presidential ambitions had been fueled by his frequent visits to the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, and himself had suggested he would consider exploring a bid after the 2018 midterm elections were finished. His campaign for mayor effectively put that speculation to rest.
Kander dropped out of the race on 2nd October 2018, citing symptoms of PTSD and depression. He also announced that he would be stepping away temporarily from his work with Let America Vote as he receives treatment.
Jason Kander Senate | Jason Kander 2016 Election
2016 U.S. Senate election Further information: 2016 United States Senate election in Missouri On 19th February 2015, he entered the race to represent Missouri in the United States Senate against Roy Blunt, the Republican incumbent.
He accused Blunt of being well connected to DC lobbyists (Blunt’s wife and three children are in fact lobbyists.
In September, his’s campaign received national attention when it released an advertisement explaining his support for gun control measures.
Titled “Background Checks”, it showed him assembling an AR-15 rifle while blindfolded and then challenging Blunt to attempt the same thing.
Initially, Kander was well behind in the race, but polls started to show a tightening in the fall.
In response to this, Blunt campaign began attacking Kander for being a national co-chair for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
He was almost defeated by Blunt in the general election, receiving 46.4% of the vote to Blunt’s 49.2%. In spite of the loss, he received the most votes of any Democrat running statewide in Missouri that year, outperforming Clinton, gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster, and other Democrats.
Jason Kander Mayor
Jason Kander ends campaign for Kansas City mayor to focus on depression, PTSD
Jason Kander, indicating depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, is dropping out of the Kansas City mayor’s race.
He posted a message on his campaign website and a Facebook page saying that, “in the 11 years since leaving Afghanistan as an Army intelligence officer, i have experienced depression, nightmares and suicidal thoughts”. He said he needed to abandon the mayoral race, in which he was seen as a front-runner to win the 2019 contest, to focus on his mental health.
“Instead of dealing with these issues, I’ve always tried to find a way around them,” he said. “Most recently, I thought that if I could come home and work for the city I love so much as its mayor, I could finally solve my problems. I thought if I focused exclusively on service to my neighbors in my hometown, that I could fill the hole inside of me. But it’s just getting worse.”
his’s exit from the campaign to succeed Mayor Sly James upends the crowded race as much as his entrance did in June.
“It certainly comes as a surprise,” said Quinton Lucas, a Kansas City Council member who is running for mayor. “My heart goes out to him. Jason has been a friend for years. I hope it’s an example other veterans can follow to seek help.”
The Mayor is also stepping back from day-to-day involvement with Let America Vote, a voting rights advocacy organization he founded last year.
His decision to quit the mayor’s race appears to have coalesced last week.
“Last Tuesday, I found out that we were going to raise more money than any Kansas City mayoral campaign ever has in a single quarter,” Kander’s announcement said. “But instead of celebrating that accomplishment, I found myself on the phone with the (Veterans Affairs) Veterans Crisis Line, tearfully conceding that, yes, I have had suicidal thoughts. And it wasn’t the first time.”
He said he first contacted the VA for help about four months ago.
He was seen as a clear favorite to win the mayor’s race next April. His candidacy, announced in June, had immediate effect: Jolie Justus, a Kansas City Council member, and former Missouri state senator, pulled out of the mayoral race and instead focused on re-election to her 4th District council seat.
Justus says she is getting “significant requests” from supporters and friends to get back in the race. She said she’ll move pretty quickly toward a decision.
“The mayor’s race is up and running, so I’ll probably make a decision within the next week or so.”
Justus said in the immediate term she’s trying to support Kander, who elbowed her out of the race with his surprise entry.
The immediate repercussions from Kander’s withdrawal on the race were not clear.
“It will work itself out,” Lucas said. “For today, I’m thinking of Jason.”
Filing for the mayor’s race opens in December and closes in January, giving plenty of time for aspirants to get back into the race.
“I feel like if someone has a personal issue, they need to attend to it,” said Scott Wagner, a Kansas City Council member running for mayor. “If the reason given was true, it shows once again the importance of mental health in dealing with our veterans. I think it takes courage for him to do this.”
The politician’s service in the military has been part of his political profile. After one term as Missouri secretary of state, he ran in 2016 for U.S. Senate as the Democratic nominee against Republican incumbent Roy Blunt. Kander’s campaign famously featured a television advertisement in which he assembles a military rifle blindfolded.
He almost lost his contest against Blunt in a year when most Democrats in statewide races were pummeled and Donald Trump carried Missouri by 19 points over Hillary Clinton. Kander’s performance, coupled with an effervescent personality, made him a leading progressive personality on cable television news shows.
The American politician was frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for Missouri governor, Congress or even for the White House. That’s part of what made his decision to run for mayor all the more surprising.
James, who cannot run again due to term limits, praised Kander for sharing his story and taking care of his health.
“His track record of outstanding service and tireless work ethic have raised the bar for many who aspire to serve in elected office,” James, who served in the Marines, said in a statement. “I applaud his bravery, and will do all I can to help him through his healing process.”
Kander joined the Army National Guard in 2003 when he was a law student at Georgetown University, and volunteered for combat duty after graduation. According to his military service record, Kander was stationed at Camp Eggers, Afghanistan, from Oct. 2, 2006, to Jan. 1, 2007.
At the time, he was a second lieutenant, an intelligence officer responsible for “the collection of political intelligence and the development of timely strategic and operational assessments on issues and personalities within the government of Afghanistan,” his service record said.
Kander told The Star in 2016 that he was never involved in firefights nor came under mortar or rocket fire. But his military records say his work “resulted in arresting enemies and saving lives” and he was “one of the only officers to volunteer for force protecting duty.”
That meant manning a gun on missions, which put him at risk at a time when the Pentagon was stretched for personnel and materiel because it was fighting wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
“They (politicians) had made our maneuvers more dangerous,” he told supporters at the opening of his Kansas City campaign office when he ran for Senate in 2016. “And that’s why I came back and started running for office.”
In Kander’s autobiography, “Outside the Wire,” he draws on the emotions of his time in Afghanistan, describing his first trip on a Humvee in Afghanistan.
“I felt fearful, way beyond anything I’d ever felt before,” he wrote. “This was, for the first time in my life, the raw, physical fear of being killed.”
And while Kander noted he didn’t have the same experiences as those who were in combat, he hinted in his book at the difficulty military experiences could pose.
“I was overseas for just a few months, I was never blown up or shot at, and I didn’t have to kill anyone, yet it was still the most formative few months of my life, followed by some of the biggest emotional challenges I’ve faced,” Kander wrote.
Kander in his message did not rule out the possibility of a future in public life.
“I’ll close by saying this isn’t goodbye,” Kander said. “Once I work through my mental health challenges, I fully intend to be working shoulder to shoulder with all of you again. But I’m passing my oar to you for a bit. I hope you’ll grab it and fight like hell to make this country the place we know it can be.”
Jason Kander President
He had been repeatedly mentioned as a possible contender for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Speculation about his presidential ambitions had been fueled by his frequent visits to the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, and Kander himself had suggested he would consider exploring a bid after the 2018 midterm elections were finished. His campaign for mayor effectively put that speculation to rest.
Jason Kander Outside The Wire
A smart and revealing political memoir from a rising star of the Democratic Party.
Barack Obama(former American president) called Jason the future of the Democratic Party. The former US Army captain who served in Afghanistan, was the first millennial ever elected to statewide office. He is the founder and president of Let America Vote and a bold new voice in American politics.
In “Outside the Wire”, he writes candidly about his life, from joining the military following 9/11 to launching his first political campaign, to becoming the next step in the evolution of the Democratic Party following the 2016 presidential election.
His’s signature outspoken voice is on full display as he guides readers through his own journey from soldier to a politician, detailing-often with a dose of humor-the lessons he has learned along the way. Outside the Wire is an inspiring and entertaining argument for a life of service, as well as a hopeful vision of America’s future as seen through the eyes of one of its most dedicated citizens.
Jason Kander Secretary Of State |Jason Kander Missouri
He served as the 39th Secretary of State of Missouri, from 2013 to 2017. He had previously served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2009 to 2013.
Jason Kander Vote
Let America Vote
is a political action organization founded by former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander in Februar2017, its mission is to end voter suppression across the country.
He first became concerned about voter suppression during his tenure as Missouri Secretary of State, when the Republican-dominated state legislature proposed photo identification laws that could prevent as many as 200,000 eligible voters from voting. He founded “Let America Vote” three months after he had almost lost to Roy Blunt in the 2016 Senate race. Responding to the actions taken by the Trump Administration including the Voter Fraud Commission, Let America Vote aims to create political consequences for politicians intent on denying certain Americans the right to vote, especially those that target low-income and minority voters. The group raised approximately $2.4 million in its first year and has now established office branches in Iowa, New Hampshire, Georgia, Tennessee, and Nevada.