Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab was appointed this week to lead the National Association of Secretaries of State.

Schwab was sworn in Wednesday at the conclusion of the NASS 2023 Summer Conference in Washington, D.C. He becomes the fifth Kansan to serve as the organization’s president and first since Ron Thornburgh in 2002. His term runs through July of next year.

In a statement, Schwab noted he’s “looking forward to working with colleagues as each state prepares for an important election year in 2024.”

NASS serves as a resource for states to share ideas and collaborate on election and voting issues, business services and other issues under a Secretary of State’s purview.

During his tenure with NASS, Schwab has served on committees for Elections, Cybersecurity, and Business Services.