Kris William Kobach (; born March 26, 1966) is an American politician who served as the 31st Secretary of State of Kansas.
A former Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party and member of the City Council of Overland Park, Kansas, he was the Republican nominee in Kansas's 3rd congressional district in the 2004 election, losing to Democratic incumbent Dennis Moore.Kobach came to prominence over his hardline anti-illegal immigration views and his involvement in the diffusion of high-profile anti-immigration ordinances in various American towns.
Kobach is also known for his calls for stronger voter ID laws in the United States and a Muslim registry.
He has made claims about the extent of voter fraud in the United States that studies and fact-checkers have concluded are false or unsubstantiated.As Secretary of State of Kansas, Kobach implemented some of the strictest voter identification laws in the United States and fought to remove nearly 20,000 registered voters from the state's voter rolls.
Following considerable investigation and prosecution, Kobach secured nine convictions for voter fraud; all were cases of double voting, and most involved voters who had misunderstood their voting rights.Kobach announced in June 2017 that he would run in the 2018 primary for Governor of Kansas against then-Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, who became the Governor in January 2018 following the resignation of Sam Brownback.
After narrowly defeating Colyer in the Republican primary, Kobach was defeated by Democrat Laura Kelly in the general election.In late March 2019, the Associated Press reported that President Trump was considering creating a post of "immigration czar" to coordinate efforts among federal agencies involved in the issues, with Kobach being one of two top candidates for the job.
On July 8, 2019, Kobach launched his 2020 campaign for the U.S.
Senate seat of retiring Kansas Senator Pat Roberts and implied he had the support of President Donald Trump.