Kansas Secretary of State-elect Kris Kobach (KOH'-bahk) has appointed a former top aide to ex-Attorney General Phill Kline as assistant secretary of state.

Kansas Secretary of State-elect Kris Kobach (KOH'-bahk) has appointed a former top aide to ex-Attorney General Phill Kline as assistant secretary of state.


Kobach says he chose Eric Rucker because Rucker previously oversaw the secretary of state's elections division. Rucker held the job in the 1980s and later was both a Shawnee County commissioner and Dickinson County attorney.


Rucker is best known as a senior deputy attorney general under Kline in 2003-07 and as Kline's top deputy when Kline was Johnson County district attorney. Both men faced criticism over investigations of abortion providers.


But Kobach told The Associated Press on Friday he doesn't see the controversy as an issue and can't think of anyone with better experience than Rucker for the assistant secretary of state's job.


Kobach, a Republican, takes office Jan. 10.