Jake LaTurner was sworn in as the 40th Kansas State Treasurer on April 26th, 2017. As the youngest Statewide Official in the United States, Jake brings a fresh approach and customer service mindset to the office.
Immediately after taking office, Jake sought to make the office more accessible and the results speak for themselves. Through the innovative use of social media and constituent outreach, the Treasurer’s Office has returned over $20 million in Unclaimed Property to Kansans at a record rate. Additionally, the state has seen a 29% increase in new Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Accounts, with $6 billion in total assets. Jake has overseen the issuance of almost $3 billion in bonds for road construction and municipal development projects. He serves on the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System Board of Trustees (KPERS), the Pooled Money Investment Board (PMIB), and the Surety Bonds and Insurance Committee. He also represents Kansas on the Legislative Committee for the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST).
Prior to becoming Treasurer, Jake was twice elected by the people of Southeast Kansas to serve in the Kansas Senate. He chaired the Federal and State Affairs Committee and was a member of the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, as well as the Transportation Committee. During this time, Jake won broad support for initiatives that increased government transparency, protected medically fragile children and provided property tax relief.
Jake has worked as a customer service consultant for Watco, one of the nation’s largest short line railroad companies. He also spent some time in the classroom as a substitute teacher in the Pittsburg School District. While working on his bachelor’s degree at Pittsburg State University, Jake worked as District Representative for former Kansas Treasurer and current Congresswomen Lynn Jenkins. He is a proud son of Galena, Kansas and graduated from Galena High School..
Jake and his wife Suzanne have four children; Ava, Joe, Maggie and Gus.