The extremely anti-illegal immigration Kris Kobach is running for the governor’s office in Kansas. The secretary of state turned down several spots in the Trump administration recently in order to do so.

Thursday this week was his “official” announcement that he was running for governor of Kansas, during the speech he attacked a “culture of corruption in Topeka” and he also made a vow to crack down on illegal immigration.

Kobach, the architect of controversial election and immigration laws, advised Trump on immigration policy throughout the 2016 election. He emphasized his connections to the president and promised to center his campaign on fighting “corruption, taxation and illegal immigration” during a speech at the Thompson Barn in Lenexa.

During an appearance on the Star’s Facebook live show “Beer Hour” later that day, Kobach said that he had turned down positions at the White House and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to remain in Kansas.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday that he was offered two positions in President Donald Trump’s administration but turned them both down. He announced that he’s running for Kansas governor.

Kobach, who is a figure of national controversy for his hardline stance on illegal immigration, called Kansas the “sanctuary state of the Midwest” and claimed that the state spends hundreds of millions on public services for illegal immigrants.

He attacked the state legislature for raising taxes and demanded that they consider attacking illegal aliens first:

He lambasted Kansas lawmakers for raising taxes “on hard-working Kansans” by repealing Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts Tuesday to fill the state’s budget hole and contended that the state could have saved dollars by restricting immigration.

“Why don’t they tackle the problem of illegal immigration in the state of Kansas and see if we could save some money there?” he said at his kickoff event.