Pompeo endorses Kan. AG Schmidt for Gov.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt discusses a proposal that he's pushing with other Republicans to amend the state constitution to give the Legislature the power to overturn state agencies' administrative regulations, at a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Behind him are Senate President Ty Masterson, left, R-Andover, and House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., right, R-Olathe. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt discusses a proposal that he’s pushing with other Republicans to amend the state constitution to give the Legislature the power to overturn state agencies’ administrative regulations, at a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has given his endorsement to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt for governor. Pompeo, who represented Kansas in the House for six years, announced his decision in a statement Wednesday, praising Schmidt as the trusted conservative Kansans need.

“When you look at his record as Attorney General, you see a leader who has always fought for the most vulnerable and always stood up to do the right thing,” Pompeo said in a statement. “I’m honored to support Derek for governor.”

Schmidt responded to the glowing endorsement, offering his thanks and complimenting the former secretary of state himself.

“Mike has made Kansans proud as he served in Congress and far beyond,” said Schmidt. “He has been a strong conservative leader for our state and I’m grateful to have his support as I seek to serve the good people of Kansas as their next governor.”

Schmidt is seeking to win the GOP primary for a chance to unseat Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly in 2022. He’s considered to be the most prominent Republican in the primary. Additionally, Schmidt recently picked up an endorsement from Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall (R).

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