TOPEKA – Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh announced Monday that he would be stepping down and taking a job in the private sector.
Thornburgh will leave his position effective Feb. 15. He will be joining Olathe-based NIC as the senior vice president of sales and marketing. The company provides government portals, online services and secure government payment processing programs.
“It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve my fellow Kansans as Secretary of State for the last 15 years. My family and I have been very blessed by this opportunity. The support and friendships we have received from countless Kansans has been invaluable. Thank you to the voters and my staff for making this experience possible. I am very proud of my record and the many accomplishments throughout my years of public service,” said Thornburgh in a written statement.
Thornburgh has previously said he did not plan to run for reelection as secretary of state.