Born in Kansas City, Kansas, but considered a native of Hutchinson, Kansas, Keith graduated from Nickerson High School in 1981. Graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Administration. Served as a Legal Intern for the Reno County District Attorney’s Office in 1988. President of Washburn’s Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity from 1988-1989. Graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1989. Licensed to practice law by the Kansas
Supreme Court and U.S. District Court in 1989. Assistant District Attorney from 1989-1998. Deputy District Attorney from 1998-2000. Elected as District Attorney in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Named 2009 Prosecutor of the Year by the Kansas County and District Attorney's Association. Past member of the State Child Death Review Board from 2001-2006. Appointed as Special Assistant Attorney General in 2011 for sexually violent predator litigation. Member of the Reno County Bar Association, Kansas County and District Attorney's Association, and National District Attorney's Association. Keith has personally handled more than 180 jury trials, as well as over 500 cases before the Kansas Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
Formerly the county attorney, the office was established as that of the district attorney by a legislative act in 1999. The district attorney’s office prosecutes criminal and selected civil matters referred from five police departments, the Reno County Sheriff’s office, the Kansas Highway Patrol, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. 1,517 law enforcement reports were logged into the office in 2002. 182 additional misdemeanor worthless check complaints were logged into the office by private citizens in 2002.
The office services approximately 65,000 citizens spread throughout 15 communities in an area of 1,365 square miles.
In 2002, the office filed 1,291 adult criminal cases, 418 juvenile offender cases, 253 Child in Need of Care petitions, 34 drug asset forfeiture cases, and 127 Care and Treatment cases. Additionally, the office handled 225 juvenile diversion cases, 44 appellate briefs, and was responsible for 6,143 traffic cases filed in the district court. The 27th Judicial District was ranked as the second busiest in Kansas based on caseload per judge in 2002.