Kansas Secretary of Agriculture

Dr. Jackie McClaskey was appointed secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture by Governor Sam Brownback in December 2013.

McClaskey joined the Kansas Department of Agriculture as assistant secretary in January 2011 and served in that role until being named deputy secretary in July 2013.

She is dedicated to serving Kansas agriculture and is personally committed to developing opportunities to grow the state’s diverse agricultural economy, and is dedicated to strengthening the Department of Agriculture and revitalizing the department’s focus on serving the Kansas agriculture industry and the farm and ranch families who provide food and fiber for the world.

A native Kansan, McClaskey grew up on a diversified family farm near Girard. Her family was involved with livestock as well as crop production. She earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State University in 1993. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a Master of Science in agricultural economics and graduated with her Ph.D. in animal science from K-State in January 2014. Her Ph.D. dissertation analyzed foreign animal disease response policy.

During the 1990s, McClaskey worked in Washington, D.C., as the press secretary and agriculture and higher education policy coordinator in the office of then-Congressman Sam Brownback.

Prior to coming to the Kansas Department of Agriculture, McClaskey served as an assistant dean for the College of Agriculture at K-State for 13 years.

McClaskey, her husband Mike Matson, and their two Australian shepherds, Lady and Scout, live in Manhattan.

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Office of the Secretary

The Kansas Secretary of Agriculture is appointed by the governor and charged with leading KDA in its efforts to fulfill its mission to support the entire Kansas agricultural sector.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Secretary is comprised of the agency’s executive team and facilitates all administrative services for the department, including support for legal, fiscal, information technology, public information dissemination and communications, and human resources.

                            KDA Executive Team

Jackie McClaskey
Secretary of Agriculture

Josh Roe
Deputy Secretary

Mary Soukup
Assistant Secretary