The next person in charge of Missouri’s elections is someone who barely won his election as Secretary of State.  But State Representative Jason Kander closed with a rush of late-reporting votes from heavily Democratic urban areas to pass Representative Shane Schoeller and win by 33,620 votes in an election that saw 2,643,844 votes cast.

Kander becomes the first member of the Jewish faith to hold statewide office since Kenneth Rothman was elected Lt. Governor in 1984. He’s the first combat veteran to be elected to statewide office in decades.

Kander emphasized the office’s job-creating capability in his campaign. The office handles corporate registrations and securities sales in the state. 

AUDIO: Kander interview 5:08