Secretary of State
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Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564


For Immediate Release
Friday, January 7, 2005

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580


Topeka, KS - Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh today presented Marilyn Chapman with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award in recognition of her 22 years of service as election commissioner and for service to our "American Democracy. To date, Marilyn Chapman is the third recipient of this award in Kansas.

"Marilyn is a recognized leader in the elections field both locally and on the national level, stated Thornburgh. "She led Sedgwick County to be the first county in Kansas to introduce mail ballot elections. At the national level she was a long-time member of the Elections Center where she served on various committees and spoke in seminars on election issues. Marilyn is a true friend and colleague and I am grateful for this opportunity to formally recognize her for service to our state and nation.

Chapman was first appointed by Secretary of State Jack Brier on July 20, 1981. During her tenure she has worked for three secretaries of state.

The NASS Medallion Award was created to recognize outstanding service and dedication to furthering the mission of the National Association of Secretaries of State within the states. The program honors individuals, groups, or organizations with an established record of promoting the goals of NASS in the areas of elections, with special emphasis on voter education and participation; civic education, including teaching, promotion, and study of this subject; and service to state government as it relates to the duties of the office of secretary of state.