Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is clear that the Senate’s role of advice and consent on nominees to the federal bench is one he would relish being a part of.
“The next Senator from Kansas, his or her primary responsibility is going to be vetting federal judges and approving or not approving judicial nominees,” said Kobach Monday. “That’s where I think I can add the most value, really, because of my fifteen years teaching Constitutional law. Hopefully, President Trump will win a second term, but, even with a Republican president, sometimes the White House staffers who are looking at judges make a mistake and they let someone get through who is more of an activist judge.”
Kobach believes that he would be suited well to be more involved in that vetting process than current U.S. Senator Pat Roberts has been.
“Having someone representing Kansas on the Judiciary Committee, who can make sure and look at the past decisions of that judicial nominee and make sure that this person really is a Constitutional originalist, that’s going to be important,” said Kobach. “Then, in the future, when we have a Democrat president sometime down the road, it’s going to be very important to have someone on the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Senate who can expose if a person is a judicial activist, can make it clear to the public and to the rest of the Senate, just what that person’s judicial record means.”
Kobach would actively seek a seat on Judiciary as one of his committee assignments if he were elected.
“Given that I’ve been a professor of Constitutional Law in the past and remain an attorney, I would hope that would be a committee I could serve on,” Kobach said.
Kobach would also seek to retain Kansas’ seat on the Agriculture committee and wish to serve on Homeland Security, as well, given his experience in immigration litigation.