Five of the best-known politicians with Topeka connections

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Bob Dole

Bob Dole, who lived in Topeka while attending Washburn Law School, ran unsuccessfully as the Republican Party’s 1996 candidate for president and 1976 candidate for vice president. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996 and the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969.

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Alf Landon

Alf Landon was governor of Kansas from 1933 to 1937, and ran unsuccessfully as the Republican Party’s 1936 candidate for president.

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Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker

Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker, Landon’s daughter, in 1978 became the first woman elected to a term in the U.S. Senate without her husband’s previously having served a term in that body. Baker served in the Senate from 1978 to 1997. She is the widow of former Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker, to whom she was married from 1996 until his death in 2014.

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Arthur Capper

Arthur Capper, a Topeka newspaper editor and philanthropist who was governor of Kansas from 1915 to 1919 and represented the state in the U.S. Senate from 1919 to 1949.

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Kris Kobach

Kris Kobach, who has been Kansas Secretary of State since 2011. A Republican, he’s gained national attention for his activities as counsel for the Immigration Law Reform Institution, the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigrant Reform.


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