Bachelor in Criminal Justice, Washburn University, 1985.
He was elected into his first term in 1994 and was subsequently re-elected in 1998, 2002, and 2006. In July 2007, Thornburgh announced his intentions to explore a run for governor of Kansas in 2010 by appointing a state treasurer, which would allow him to begin raising money. "This is a game in which timing is everything.
The time feels right for us right now, in that we"ve got great support around the state of Kansas," Thornburgh said.
After polling showed him losing the Republican primary to other candidates, Thornburgh dropped out of the race in June 2009. He resigned as Secretary of State of Kansas on February 15, 2010.
Member Kids Voting Kansas Executive Committee. Member advisory committee United Way. Member Washburn University Alumni Board, 20/30 Club International.
Married Annette Thornburgh. 2 children.