"The Secretary of State is the Chief Elections Officer. She is the person who makes sure that you have access to the ballot, that you get a vote and that your vote is counted. After the hearings on January 6, I think we can say this office has never been more important. Our democracy is at stake, and as your next Secretary of State, I will ensure that our elections remain fair and free."
Jeanna Orduna Repass was born to a civil rights activist turned pastor and a Vietnam veteran turned police officer. They instilled in her a passion for service and her homeland, which she has enthusiastically assumed throughout her life. Jeanna chose to establish her roots in Kansas almost 20 years ago, and before that she attended Midland University where she studied biology and pre-med.
After college, Jeanna spent many years managing broadcast media with radio stations in multiple genres, from talk radio to hip hop, classic rock, and R&B. She cultivated relationships with the community and managed multi-million dollar corporate accounts both locally and nationally. During her time in the industry, Jeanna was instrumental in growing audiences and increasing representation of underrepresented communities on the airwaves.
Following in her mother's footsteps, Jeanna later worked in outreach and missions in the Omaha and Kansas City areas, including as Director of Urban Outreach at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS one of the largest congregations in the country. Jeanna created and directed programs such as the USDA-funded food program that fed school-age children during the summer, a pregnancy prevention program for teen mothers, and a Kansas City youth violence prevention program. She also distributed grants to local non-profit organizations.
Four years ago, Jeanna left paid employment to devote herself full time to community service. She dedicated herself to her children's high school, chairing several booster clubs, including the school-wide parent booster organization, a unique structure that replaced the traditional PTO. In that role, Jeanna successfully raised funds through corporate outreach, led the organization through a structural transition, and earned a reputation for getting things done.
The next chapter in Jeanna's life is, in part, dedicated to her mother, who fought tirelessly to make this country a better place for all who dare to live the American dream. Her mother told Jeanna and her siblings: “If not now, when? And if not you, then who?”
Those words would become the driving force for Jeanna to run for Kansas Secretary of State at a time when this country desperately needs to hold the line for democracy.
Jeanna lives in Overland Park with her husband, Kyle. She is the proud mother of Adam, Ariel and Christian, who are equally proud of her mother and her courage to run.