|Scott Morgan | Candidate for Kansas Secretary of State|
About Scott Morgan
Scott Morgan, 56, is a fifth-generation Kansan whose family settled in Jefferson County in 1856. He grew up in Shawnee and attended Shawnee Mission public schools. His father, Ray, was a long-time reporter for the Kansas City Star covering Kansas politics. Morgan graduated from KU in 1979 with a journalism degree and in 1983 with a law degree, the same year he married Kathleen O’Leary Morgan.
He worked for Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum in Washington from 1979 to 1980. After graduating from the KU law school and passing the Kansas Bar he returned to Washington.
In Washington, he was Staff Counsel for Senator Bob Dole on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts (1983-1984), represented the U.S. Senate on the Federal Election Commission (1984-1987) and finally served as Chief Counsel for Senator Dole’s 1988 presidential campaign (1987-1988). His wife Kathleen worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation, ultimately as Deputy Director of Congressional Affairs for Secretary of Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole.
The Morgans returned to Lawrence in 1988 where he worked as Director of Federal Affairs and Chief Counsel for Governor Mike Hayden. Morgan left that position in 1990 to run as the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress from the 2nd District losing to incumbent Congressman Jim Slattery. He then practiced law in Kansas City a short time before leaving to devote full time to the publishing business he and his wife started in 1990.
The company, Morgan Quitno Press, specialized in state and city statistical reference books and databases. The Morgans sold their business in 2007 to CQ Press, the publishing division of Congressional Quarterly of Washington DC. He continues to edit some of the publications and databases for CQ Press, which is now part of SAGE Publishing.
Morgan served two terms on the Lawrence School Board. He was first elected in 1999 to a four-year term, serving as president in 2003. He lost his reelection bid by 66 votes following the closing of four elementary schools due to financing cuts from the state. He was reelected to the board in 2007, coming in first in a field of eight and serving as president again in 2010.
The Morgans have three children: Kelly, 25, a graduate of KU and activities director at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community in Lawrence ; Calvin, 22, a senior at the United States Air Force Academy and Grace, 18, a freshman at KU and a member of the university’s track and cross country teams. They are active members of Plymouth Congregational Church. The Morgans proudest achievement as a family was visiting all 50 states on their family vacations. They made it to the 48 contiguous states by minivan, much to the chagrin of their children.
After graduating from the KU law school and passing the Kansas Bar Scott Morgan returned to Washington. In Washington, he was Staff Counsel for Senator Bob Dole on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, represented the U.S. Senate on the Federal Election Commission and served as Chief Counsel for Senator Dole’s 1988 presidential campaign.