About Jason Kander

A husband, a father, a former Army Captain who served in Afghanistan, and Missouri’s former Secretary of State, Jason Kander is the founder of Let America Vote.

Jason, the first millennial in the country to be elected to statewide office, started Let America Vote in February 2017 to fight back against proposals across the country that make it harder for eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot. The Democratic National Committee appointed Jason, who in June POLITICO called “the hottest star in Democratic politics,” to chair the Commission to Protect American Democracy from the Trump Administration.

Jason’s New York Times bestselling memoir, “Outside the Wire,” came out in August 2018, and his Crooked Media-backed podcast, Majority 54, debuted at No. 1 when it launched in November 2017.

The values instilled in him by his parents, who were both juvenile probation officers (with his dad working as a police officer at night), are why he felt a calling to military service following 9/11. Jason volunteered to serve as a military intelligence officer in Afghanistan, where he investigated groups and individuals suspected of corruption, espionage, drug trafficking, and facilitating Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Jason’s commanders described him as an “outstanding leader” and the Afghan Intelligence Watch Commander said Jason’s “hard work directly resulted in arresting enemies and saving lives.”

After his deployment, Jason came home to Missouri, becoming a leadership instructor in the Missouri Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School at Fort Leonard Wood, where he trained hundreds of soldiers to lead troops into combat.

Jason is a graduate of American University and Georgetown Law School. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Diana, an entrepreneur, and their four-year-old son, True.