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Jay Ashcroft was elected Missouri’s 40th Secretary of State in 2016 and re-elected in 2020 with 61 percent of the vote, the state’s top vote-getter, and 5 percent ahead of President Trump. He pledged to fix our state’s elections and that’s what he did. While voter fraud continues to plague other states, Missouri leads the nation on election integrity.


The Secretary of State has a broad portfolio of responsibilities in addition to oversight of elections and managing the state’s voter registration system. He is also responsible for the registration, compliance, and services of more than 1.2 million businesses, the State Library and Archives, securities regulation, and administrative rules.


Secretary Ashcroft has been a leader in protecting seniors and other at-risk communities from investment fraud, forming the Vulnerable Citizens Service Unit, and helps small businesses navigate the state’s regulatory structure.


Prior to becoming Secretary of State, Jay spent a decade as an engineer working with the U.S. Air Force on vehicle instrument development and went on to earn his law degree and practice intellectual property law. As a professor at Saint Louis Community College, Jay taught engineering, helping to develop Missouri’s auto manufacturing workforce.


Service is the hallmark of the Ashcroft family and Jay continues his family’s legacy, visiting all 114 Missouri counties each year. His wife, Katie, is an attorney and passionate about education reform, and they are raising their four children and a husky named Friday at their home in Jefferson City, where Jay was born and raised.


A graduate of Jefferson City High School, Jay received a Bachelor’s and Master’s in engineering management degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology and his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law.

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