Schmidt to Stay as Kansas Attorney General, Will Not Seek Higher Office in 2020 Cycle

One statewide Kansas official has made it clear that he likes the job he has.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a letter to supporters Monday, he will not be seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Pat Roberts in 2020.

Schmidt said in the letter, “I have reaffirmed my belief that right now it is possible to accomplish more for Kansas here at home rather than in Washington, D.C. Now is the time to carry on the considerable good work we have started at your Attorney General’s Office – fighting elder abuse, human trafficking, crimes against children, illegal robocalls, Medicaid fraud, consumer scams, charities fraud, and much more.”

The field for the U.S. Senate seat is already crowded with Republicans, with the specter of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s potential return to run still not completely gone.

President Donald Trump has hinted that Pompeo could come back if he needed to for Republicans in Kansas to hold the seat.