Age: 52

Experience: Worked as deputy public defender for Dickinson, Geary and Marion counties; Geary County attorney, 1989-2003; Democratic nominee for attorney general, 2002; state securities commissioner, 2003-2010; appointed secretary of state by Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson, March 2010.
Education: Bachelor's degree in social work, Kansas State University, 1980; law degree, The University of Kansas, 1983.