Place of Birth: Overland Park, Kansas, U.S.
Date of Birth: May 4, 1981
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Jason Kander is an American lawyer and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as the Secretary of State of Missouri, from January 14, 2013. He is a military veteran.
His great-uncle is composer John Kander. Jason is married to Diana, who is a Russian Jewish immigrant.
Jason’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Myer Kander, who was born, c. 1818, in Achim, Lower Saxony, Germany, and to Myer’s wife, Sarah Ullman.
Jason’s paternal grandfather is the son of Harold S. Kander and Bernice Aaron. Harold was born in Missouri, the son of Felix Victor Kander, who was born in Pennsylvania, to German Jewish parents, and of Matilda E. Epstein. Bernice was also born in Missouri, the daughter of Edward Aaron, who was born in Illinois, to German Jewish parents, and of Annie Boas, who was born in New York, to German Jewish parents, from Berlin.
Jason’s paternal grandmother was Ann B. Benjamin (the daughter of Alfred Leopold Benjamin and Dorothy Block). Ann was born in Missouri. Alfred was also born in Missouri, the son of David Benjamin and Linnie. Dorothy was also born in Missouri, the daughter of Sol Block and Anna Goslin, who was born in Kansas, of German Jewish descent.
Source: Genealogy of Jason Kander (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Photo by Gino Santa Maria/Bigstock.com