Who is Jacob LaTurner?
- Jacob LaTurner started his political career as a Kansas Senator in 2010
- He was appointed the Kansas State Treasurer in 2013 by Governor Sam Brownback
- LaTurner had voted to reject the results certifying the elections of the states of Arizona and Pennsylvania
Jacob LaTurner is an American politician who serves as the Representative of Kansas's 2nd Congressional District. He is a registered Republican. He is on the ballot as a the Republican candidate for the August 2, 2022 primaries.
Born on February 17, 1988 in Galena, Kansas, LaTurner stayed in the city until he left for Pittsburgh State University, graduating with an undergraduate degree in political science. While in college, the Republican worked for the former Treasurer of Kansas and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.
The 34-year-old went on to begin his journey as a career politician in 2008 vying for a position as the Kansas Senator for the states District 13. He lost the primary election to his opponent Republican Senator Bob Marshall. In a rematch in 2010, he won the seat, becoming the youngest member of the Kansas Senate at the age of 24.
In 2017, he resigned from the position after he was appointed by Governor Sam Brownback to the position of Kansas State Treasurer. He was in the position for the next three years. In 2019, LaTurner ran for the U.S. Senate for a brief period, hoping to succeed the outgoing Pat Roberts.
In 2020, Governor Kelly, who won the Governor seat in 2018, replaced him with Democratic Party Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers as the Treasurer. That same year, having unsuccessfully campaigned for the Senate seat, he switched to running for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Following his election to the lower house of the U.S. Congress, LaTurner took office on January 3, 2021. Three days later, in the hours after the Jan 6 riots at Capitol Hill, the politician voted to reject the results of the state-certified election results of Arizona and Pennsylvania, both states which the Democratic Party won narrowly.