AG Derek Schmidt names Katie Sawyer as running mate in race for Kansas Governor

TOPEKA – (June 1, 2022) – Kansas Attorney General and Republican candidate for Governor Derek Schmidt has named Katie Sawyer of McPherson as his running mate and candidate for Lieutenant Governor, his campaign announced today.

“Katie Sawyer brings a new generation of young and energetic leadership to help us move Kansas forward to a bright and better tomorrow,” Schmidt said. “Katie’s intellect, values, tenacity, and passion for serving Kansans are what we need to leave our state better than we found it.”

Schmidt and Sawyer officially filed their candidacy for Governor and Lieutenant Governor in Topeka this morning. If elected, Sawyer, 38, will be the youngest Republican lieutenant governor currently serving in America.

“I’m honored to answer this call to service and humbled that Derek has placed his confidence in me to help him get Kansas on track after years of continual disappointment from the Kelly administration,” Sawyer said. “Derek Schmidt and I will be a Governor and Lieutenant Governor who fight every day for families like yours and mine to make Kansas the best state in America to live, work, raise a family, and grow a business. I can’t wait to hit the campaign trail and share our positive vision for a brighter future for our state.” 

Sawyer has served almost six years as director of all in-state operations and constituent services for now-U.S. Senator Roger Marshall. Working with Kansans in all 105 counties, Sawyer has developed a keen understanding of the state and its diverse needs and interests.

Before entering public service, Sawyer worked as an educator at McPherson College, in marketing and business development, as managing editor of the McPherson Sentinel, and as a reporter at the Pittsburg Morning Sun. She is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and, along with her husband, is a fourth-generation owner and operator of their family farm in McPherson County. She and her husband are the parents of two young sons.

Others offered their support for the selection: 

“Kansans are getting a bright rising superstar for lieutenant governor in Katie Sawyer,” U.S. Senator Roger Marshall said. “As lifelong Kansans, Katie and her farming family live and breathe agriculture. During her time as my State Director, Katie and I have done over 300 town halls and hundreds of roundtables together with Kansans – she has her finger on the pulse of Kansas and she knows exactly what they’re talking about at their kitchen tables. A Schmidt-Sawyer ticket is poised for victory and I look forward to turning the page on years of Kelly-Biden lockdowns and failures. I’m excited and look forward to supporting Katie and her family in this next chapter.”

“As I’ve said from very early on in this race, Derek Schmidt is the trusted conservative leader who will move Kansas forward into a better future,” Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman, R-Olathe, said. “In picking Katie Sawyer as his running mate today, Derek has elevated a strong voice from the next generation of Kansas leaders into a position of influence and has cemented his ticket as an incredible choice for new and forward-looking leadership on the ballot this November.”

“This is a proud day for McPherson, Kansas,” Senate Vice President Rick Wilborn, R-McPherson, said. “I’ve known Katie Sawyer and her family for many years and have always known she is a rising star, even before this announcement. She is an excellent choice to be our next lieutenant governor and will be a strong advocate for families, small businesses, and particularly for our farmers and ranchers. It’s vital that we have strong voices for rural Kansas in government, and there’s no better pair than Derek Schmidt and Katie Sawyer to provide that leadership.” 

“It’s an exciting day for conservatives in Kansas to know that we will soon have the youngest conservative Republican lieutenant governor in America representing us right here in our state,” Kansas Republican Party Vice Chairwoman and former-Wichita City Councilwoman Sue Schlapp said. “Derek Schmidt has chosen a strong pro-life, pro-police, pro-Second Amendment woman in Katie Sawyer to be our next lieutenant governor. Great pick!”


Katie Sawyer brings a wealth of both public-and private-sector experience to the Schmidt-Sawyer ticket, as well as a deep personal understanding of the hopes and priorities of Kansans. She is a fifth-generation Kansan and, along with her husband, a fourth-generation owner and operator of their family farm in McPherson County. They manage the diversified crop operation, commercial cow herd, and Sawyer Family Angus. Under their leadership, the operation has grown to include additional crop acres, cattle facilities, and pasture ground. 

Sawyer, 38, brings to the ticket the perspective of a young professional who is both a working mom and a hard-charging conservative Republican woman. As a senior constituent services professional in the Kansas congressional delegation, Sawyer listens to and advocates for the diverse needs and interests of Kansans in all 105 counties. She loves Kansas.

Sawyer previously worked as an educator at McPherson College, in the private sector in marketing and business development, as managing editor of the McPherson Sentinel, and as a reporter at the Pittsburg Morning Sun.

A strong believer in traditional Kansas values, Katie Sawyer wants every Kansan to have the opportunities she and her family have been afforded to build a wonderful life here in the greatest state in America. She believes Kansas needs new leadership in the Governor’s office and is running for Lieutenant Governor to help Derek Schmidt get Kansas on the right track to a bright and better future. Together, the Schmidt-Sawyer administration will fight each day to provide all Kansans with new opportunities to fulfill their American dream. 

Sawyer believes there is nothing better than a hard day’s work and quality time with her family. She knows from personal experience that Kansas families, small businesses, farms and ranches, schools and communities are what make our state great, but she also knows the value of a small, efficient, and effective government – for the people and by the people.

Sawyer grew up in McPherson and is a graduate of McPherson High School. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in communications and international studies from Pittsburg State University and a Master’s degree in strategic communications from Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Sawyer is Chair of the Inman Community Foundation Board, a member of the Inman Chamber of Commerce, a graduate of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series, and a parent leader for her son’s 4-H club. The Sawyer family attends church services at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church in Inman.

Sawyer is an avid runner. She and her husband are the parents of two young sons.