Endorsements

FEATURED ENDORSERS:

“I’ve known Derek Schmidt for 20 years and every step of the way he’s earned the trust of Kansas farmers and ranchers. He knows our issues as a former Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman and he knows our people as someone who’s traveled the state and its 105 counties many times. He listens to Kansans and has the right values to lead our state, and we’re excited to endorse him today.”

Rich Felts – President of Kansas Farm Bureau

“The Kansas Livestock Association is proud to endorse Derek Schmidt for governor. Derek has fostered a positive business climate for livestock producers throughout his entire career in public service. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with him as the next governor of Kansas.”

Phil Perry – KLA President

“Derek Schmidt is an incredible friend to law enforcement who has always had our backs as attorney general. We at the Fraternal Order of Police are thrilled he has made the choice to continue his public service and entered the race for governor. Today we are proud to announce our endorsement of AG Schmidt for governor of Kansas. Derek will be a law-and-order governor who always has the safety and security of our Kansas communities top of mind, and has already announced a solid public safety plan to reduce violent crime and protect our students in schools. We look forward to continuing our partnership with him in his new role as governor and we encourage all Kansans to vote for him in November.”

Kansas Fraternal Order of Police

“Derek Schmidt has long been a strong supporter of law enforcement and he has advocated to make Kansas a safer place to live, work, and raise a family.  He has always been supportive of the Kansas State Troopers, and we are proud to support him…. We need new leadership to partner with us to protect Kansans and we know Derek Schmidt is that leader.”

Kansas State Troopers’ Association

“Derek Schmidt, the Attorney General of the Great State of Kansas, has done an absolutely outstanding job. He is now running for Governor and will be a popular and very wise choice. Derek is strong on Crime, the Borders, and our always under siege Second Amendment. He loves our Military and our Vets. Derek Schmidt has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” 

Donald J. Trump – 45th President of the United States

“Like myself, Attorney General Derek Schmidt has made it his goal to put the needs of Kansans first and to make a positive difference for our state. He’s a strong Republican, and he has what it takes to win and to lead with common sense and decency.”

Bob Dole(July 22, 1923 – December 5, 2021) Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

“In the 25 years I’ve known Derek Schmidt, I’ve watched and admired his strong and steady leadership. Derek understands rural America and Kansas agriculture. He is an experienced and trusted leader, and is a proven winner.”

Pat Roberts – Former Chairman of U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture & U.S. House Committee on Agriculture 

MOST RECENT ENDORSEMENTS:


ALL ENDORSEMENTS

President of the United States
  • Donald J. Trump – 45th President of the United States
    • “Derek Schmidt, the Attorney General of the Great State of Kansas, has done an absolutely outstanding job. He is now running for Governor and will be a popular and very wise choice. Derek is strong on Crime, the Borders, and our always under siege Second Amendment. He loves our Military and our Vets. Derek Schmidt has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”
U.S. Secretary of State
  • Mike Pompeo – 70th U.S. Secretary of State
    • “I’ve known Derek for a long time, and he is the trusted conservative Kansans need in the Governor’s Office. 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. I’m honored to support Derek for Governor.”
The United States Senate
  • Bob Dole (July 22, 1923 – December 5, 2021) – Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
    • “Like myself, Attorney General Derek Schmidt has made it his goal to put the needs of Kansans first and to make a positive difference for our state. He’s a strong Republican, and he has what it takes to win and to lead with common sense and decency.”
  • Pat Roberts – Former Chairman of U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture & U.S. House Committee on Agriculture 
    • “In the 25 years I’ve known Derek Schmidt, I’ve watched and admired his strong and steady leadership. Derek understands rural America and Kansas agriculture. He is an experienced and trusted leader, and is a proven winner.”
  • Dr. Roger Marshall – U.S. Senator, Kansas
    • “Attorney General Derek Schmidt will be the man for the job and he has our full and complete endorsement and support.”
  • Tim Scott – U.S. Senator, South Carolina
    • “Throughout his time in public service, Derek has made it his mission to protect all Kansans and ensure they have a shot at achieving their dreams. Bringing back a common-sense, conservative approach to the state is critical for its future. Best of luck to Derek Schmidt!”
The United States House of Representatives
  • Newt Gingrich – Former U.S. House Speaker
    • “As Attorney General, Derek Schmidt has been Kansas’ strongest voice for liberty, the right to life and the conservative principles that make America great. When Laura Kelly shut down churches on Easter, closed schools and called CRT a ‘nothingburger,’ Derek Schmidt stood up and fought back. As Governor, Derek will put parents in control of their children’s education and health decisions, create a climate of opportunity for small business and jobs, and always put Kansans and their constitutional rights first in every decision he makes. He will make Kansans proud as Governor, and has my endorsement and full support.”
  • U.S. Representatives Tracey Mann (KS-01), Jake LaTurner (KS-02), and Ron Estes (KS-04)
    • “The Sunflower State needs Derek Schmidt – a proven leader who has successfully fought for Kansas values in court and held liberal administrations in Washington accountable for their gross overreach. He’s rightfully earned the support of law enforcement, pro-life advocates and everyday citizens across Kansas.”
  • Kevin Yoder – Former Congressman (KS-03)
    • “I’m proud to endorse Derek Schmidt as the next Governor of the State of Kansas. I watched Derek’s strong leadership when we served together in the State Legislature and have admired his courage as our state’s Attorney General. He is a principled and compassionate leader who cares about the people of Kansas and will get up each day and fight for every one of us.”

 

Governor
  • Dr. Jeff Colyer – Former governor of Kansas
    • “Kansas has felt the pain of nearly three years of Governor Kelly’s leadership. Now it’s time for Republicans to come together, rally around Derek Schmidt, and reclaim Cedar Crest.”
  • Pete Ricketts – Nebraska Governor
    • “Derek Schmidt is the right person to bring needed change to Kansas. He’s been a rock solid defender of Kansas workers, families, and individual freedoms and liberty as the state’s attorney general. He will trust you to make the right decisions for your family and your children and always put Kansans first.”
  • Kim Reynolds – Iowa Governor
    • “Derek Schmidt will help Kansas join the ranks of commonsense conservative leadership. He listens to Kansas families and focuses on the real needs of real people. And he wants to reduce the tax burden so life becomes more affordable in Kansas, to empower Kansas parents to make sure their children are getting the best education in America, and to stand up for our great country against the damaging Biden agenda.”
  • Mike Parson – Missouri Governor
    • “Derek Schmidt is a fifth generation Southeast Kansan who shares your values and who – most importantly – listens to you. He will stand up to Joe Biden, not stand by silently as Biden wrecks our country. He will put forth real solutions to help your family recover from Biden and Kelly’s disastrous economy. He’s got my full support, and I encourage all Kansans to vote for Derek this fall.”
Kansas Senate
  • Ty Masterson – Kansas Senate President
    • “As Attorney General, Derek Schmidt has consistently defended conservative principles and has been a tireless advocate for the rule of law. As Governor, I trust he will continue to fight for our freedoms and put Kansans first, and that’s why I am endorsing him today.”
  • Rick Wilborn – Kansas Senate Vice President
    • “I’ve known Derek since before I began serving in the Kansas Legislature. For as long as I’ve known him, he’s always been a reliable leader who will get the job done for Kansas families.”
  • Larry Alley – Kansas Senate Majority Leader
    • “We need a governor who will work with our state’s legislature to get things done for Kansans. Derek Schmidt is the perfect choice for the job because he is a trusted conservative leader who has a proven track record.”
  • Molly Baumgardner – Chair, Senate Committee on Education
    • “Derek Schmidt has the experience and the conservative values to lead Kansas as our governor. He is a proven fighter, and is ready to stand up to Laura Kelly and defend our freedoms and our way of life.”
  • Jeff Longbine – Chair, Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance
    • “Derek Schmidt is thoughtful, reasonable, deliberative, and always makes the right decision for Kansas. He has my full support, and I would encourage all Kansans to join me in helping make sure Derek is sworn in as governor in 2023 to get our state back on track.”
  • Elaine Bowers –  Chair, Senate Committee on Transparency and Ethics
    • “We need Derek’s strong leadership in the governor’s office. He’s a tough and tested public servant who has put the needs of Kansans above all else his entire career.”
  • Dan Kerschen – Chair, Senate Committee on Agriculture
    • “While Laura Kelly has been too busy selling out to coastal elite special interests to care about Kansas agriculture producers, we’ve been struggling. We need a Governor like Derek Schmidt who really understands that agriculture is the backbone of our state.”
  • Mike Petersen – Chair, Senate Committee on Transportation
    • “I have worked with Derek Schmidt as a senator and Attorney General and I’m confident he will have the best interest of Kansas at the forefront of his mind every day. He has my full support for governor.”
  • J.R. Claeys –Chair, Governmental Subcommittee, Ways and Means
    • “Derek Schmidt will be a great governor who will stand with Kansas workers and families, fix the mess Laura Kelly will be leaving behind, and fight back against Joe Biden’s overreach and abuse of power. He has my full support.”
  • Rick Kloos – Kansas State Senator
    • “Derek is committed to seeing Kansas grow and prosper with his common-sense approach during these difficult times. Derek is personable, relatable, and does what’s right for the people. He is exactly what this state needs moving forward.”
  • Virgil PeckKansas State Senator
    • “As governor, Derek Schmidt will serve as our last line of defense in keeping liberal policies out of Kansas – He’ll fight illegal immigration by supporting the rule of law. If you’re with me, and you’re ready to stand up for a safer, more prosperous Kansas, please join me in supporting Derek for governor.”
  • Beverly Gossage – Kansas State Senator
    • “As a concerned citizen and policy advisor, I worked with Attorney General Derek Schmidt on health care related issues and litigation for over a decade. He protects liberty and recognizes that often more government is the problem and not the solution.”
  • Kristen O’Shea – Kansas State Senator
    • “Derek Schmidt is the Governor we need leading our state. He is reasonable, meaning he understands the everyday lives of Kansans.”
  • Renee Erickson – Kansas State Senator
    • “Two of the top priorities I’ve advocated for in the Senate are the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act and the Value Them Both constitutional amendment – issues that are so important to women across Kansas, myself included. Derek Schmidt has been a champion for these causes and has done an excellent job fighting for Kansas values and our freedoms as attorney general. It will be great to have him in the governor’s office working together with the Legislature to get our state back on the right track.”
  • Ronald Ryckman – Kansas State Senator
    • “Derek Schmidt is a true defender of our freedoms. He’s fought every step of the way to ensure that Kansans are the ones who make decisions that most impact our lives, not bureaucrats. He’s especially always concerned with how our public policy will impact rural Kansans. We desperately need his leadership in the governor’s office and I’m proud to support him in this race. I would encourage all Kansans to join me.”
  • Rick Billinger – Kansas State Senator
    • “Derek Schmidt is the right person for the job in the governor’s race. I know that Derek WON’T veto a sales tax cut on food like Governor Kelly did in 2019. He will listen to Kansans instead of following New York’s lead on pandemic response like Governor Kelly has done. He won’t close down a youth mental health facility in Hays or reduce funding for intellectually and developmentally disabled Kansans, both of which Governor Kelly has done. He will lead with Kansas values and with the people of our state at the top of his mind. I’m proud to endorse him today.”
  • John Doll – Kansas State Senator
    • “Derek Schmidt is the leader we need for western Kansas — strong, decisive, and committed to Kansas values. He will be a governor for the whole state of Kansas and I’m proud to endorse him.”
  • Mike Fagg – Kansas State Senator
    • “Derek Schmidt has the experience and the track record that shows every decision he makes is rooted in doing what is right for our state. He cares about Kansans and our wellbeing, and he always steps up to do the right thing. He will be a fantastic governor and his Southeast Kansas roots will make him an especially great leader for Kansas.”
  • Kay Wolf – Former Kansas State Senator
    • “I have known and worked with Derek Schmidt for about 15 years, and I know him to be a person of paramount integrity and ethics who is always working for the betterment of Kansans. He will be a strong leader for our state who will unite Kansans around our shared values and work every day to make our state the best in the country to live and raise a family. He has my full support in the race for governor.”
  • Kevin Braun – Former Kansas State Senator
    • “As a State Senator, I observed firsthand the outstanding work of Attorney General Derek Schmidt to both enhance public safety and to protect the individual rights of Kansans from governmental overreach. There is simply no one in Kansas that can match his combination of education, experience and temperament. Derek Schmidt is exactly the Governor Kansas needs to prosper through these challenging times and he has my full endorsement.”
  • Mark Gilstrap – Former Kansas State Senator
    • “As a former Kansas State Senator, representing parts of Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties, I had the honor of serving with Derek Schmidt when he represented Southeast Kansas in the Legislature. I got to know him well while we served together on the Judiciary Committee, and got to see up close how much he cares about making our state a better place. Derek was very helpful in moving important legislation forward that benefited both his constituents and my district, and he was quickly elected Majority Leader by his colleagues. Derek is a very intelligent person with a pleasant demeanor, great knowledge of the legislative process in a leadership capacity, and knows how to get the job done. He will make a great governor and he has my support.”
  • Chris Steineger – Former Kansas State Senator
    • “I served with Derek Schmidt for ten years in the State Senate, and during that time and since while he has served as our attorney general we have crossed paths many times around the state and discussed many issues important to Kansas. He has always been approachable, thoughtful, reasonable, and fair. His confident and optimistic leadership will serve him well in bringing us together as Kansans and he will make a great governor.”
  • Jim Denning – Kansas Senate Majority Leader
    • “I have worked with Derek for over 10 years. He will bring common sense and needed transformational leadership to the Governor’s office. All Kansans, rural and urban, will benefit from his steady hand at the wheel approach to governing. Derek is the right person at the right time to take Kansas to the next level as a good place to live, to work, and have your family safe with plenty of opportunities. Derek has Marearl’s and my full support to be the next Governor of Kansas.”
  • Pat Apple – Former State Senator and former Kansas Corporation Commissioner
    • “We need a Governor who understands and believes in personal responsibility and individual freedom and will protect our God-given rights. We need a candidate that has the breadth and depth of experience to successfully administer the responsibilities of the Office of Governor of the Great State of Kansas. Perhaps most importantly, we need someone who trusts and listens to Kansans before he determines how to approach a policy question. We have such a candidate in Derek Schmidt. Derek is a good friend with whom I served in the Kansas Senate, and I’m honored to support him in this race. Please join me in voting for Derek Schmidt for Governor.”
  • Jeff King – Former Kansas Senate Vice President
    • “As a childhood friend, Derek was reliable, always there when you needed him most. As a legislative colleague, he was effective, getting things done with integrity beyond question. As governor, he will be transformative with the experience, work ethic and conservative leadership that Kansas needs.”
  • Garrett Love – Former Kansas State Senator
    • “I met Derek Schmidt when I was interning at the Capital 12 years ago. He treated me with as much respect as an intern as when I then later served in our State Senate. That’s how he lives his life. He cares about the people of Kansas. During my time on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I watched him successfully lead efforts to toughen penalties against those that defraud our seniors and strengthen our laws against human trafficking. He stands up for Kansans at all stages of life, including our most vulnerable, the unborn. As a farmer, I’m thankful for his willingness to be a voice for Kansas farmers and ranchers at the state and national levels, when challenging burdensome regulations that have come from the Obama & Biden Administrations. I’m also thankful for his willingness to serve our state as its next governor and he has my full support.”
  • Nick Jordan – Former Kansas Secretary of Revenue and State Senator
    • “I am happy to endorse Derek Schmidt for Kansas Governor. I served many years with Derek including when he was Majority Leader of the Senate. Derek was fair to everyone in allowing debate and management of the Senate calendar. I have been pleased lately as Derek has joined in lawsuits regarding protecting the US southern border and restricting government overreach into our lives.”
  • Julia Lynn – Former Kansas State Senator
    • “Derek Schmidt is the person we need to lead our state out of the division and partisanship fostered under our current governor these last few years and into a focused path towards prosperity for all Kansans. Derek has a record of fighting for Kansas families, schools, and small businesses and he will serve all of us well as our next governor.”
Kansas House of Representatives
  • Ron Ryckman – Kansas House Speaker
    • “As Speaker of the House for the past five years, I’ve worked closely with every single major candidate for governor. To me, the choice is crystal clear: Derek Schmidt is the best possible choice to bring strong leadership and real Kansas values back to Topeka.”
  • Dan Hawkins – Kansas House Majority Leader
    • “During my time in the Legislature, Derek Schmidt has consistently led the charge in fighting for Kansas values and individual liberties. Whether it was standing up to the overreach of the Obama administration at the United States Supreme Court or working with the Kansas Legislature to hold Governor Kelly accountable to the law throughout her failed pandemic response, Derek has been the leader we’ve needed. Now is the time for all Republicans to rally behind Derek and defeat Laura Kelly.”
  • Adam Smith – Chair, House Committee on Taxation
    • “I know Derek’s the right choice for Kansas because he’ll work for, not against, our hardworking families. He’s done it his entire career.”
  • Troy Waymaster – Chair, House Committee on Appropriations and House Committee on Legislative Budget
    • “Derek is a proven leader who understands how to get things done. He will be a governor whose driving principle will be to ensure that YOU the taxpayer keep more of the money you worked hard to earn.”
  • Ken Rahjes – Chair, House Committee on Agriculture
    • “As Attorney General, Derek has already proven to Kansans that he’s up for the task. He has consistently risen to the occasion to defend the Sunflower State’s status as the greatest place to live, work, and raise a family.  “We need Derek Schmidt to lead the great state of Kansas.”
  • Jim Kelly – Chair, House Committee on Financial Institutions and Rural Development
    • “I am proud to endorse my friend Derek Schmidt for governor of Kansas. I’ve seen Derek’s ‘fighter spirit’ ever since I watched him debate in high school. He’ll bring that same tenacity to defending Kansas and our conservative values.”
  • Kristey Williams – Chair, House Committee on K-12 Education Budget
    • “I’ve worked with Derek firsthand on efforts in the Legislature to make our schools better for our children. I know where his priorities are focused, and that he will never stop fighting for our kids.”
  • Richard Proehl – Chair, House Committee on Transportation
    • “Derek Schmidt is exactly the kind of change we need to get things here in Kansas headed back in the right direction.”
  • Brenda Landwehr – Chair, House Committee on Health and Human Services
    • “Derek shares our conservative values and our preference for private sector health care solutions… As Governor, he will continue to promote smarter policies to ensure Kansans have access to affordable health care.”
  • Ron Highland – Chair, House Committee on Water
    • “Derek Schmidt is a true patriot and a great friend, and I know that he will make an excellent leader for our state. I’ve had the privilege of working with Derek as both Wabaunsee County GOP Chairman when he first ran for attorney general in 2010 and as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives since 2013.”
  • John Barker – Chair, House Committee on Federal and State Affairs
    • “I support Derek Schmidt because he has the experience we need in Topeka. He’s a steady hand on the wheel, with a wealth of knowledge of what our state needs.”
  • Kyle Hoffman – Chair, Joint Committee on Information Technology
    • “Over the last several years, I’ve gotten to know Derek personally and professionally. He’s willing to listen and thoughtfully consider the issues. He understands rural Kansas.”
  • Fred Patton – Chair, House Committee on Judiciary
    • “Kansas needs a Governor who understands that principle, and one who will work together with the Legislature to protect our values, not trample on them. Derek is a true constitutional conservative who will do whatever it takes to preserve the liberties and freedoms of our great state and great nation.”
  • Kent Thompson – Chair, House Committee on Local Government
    • “I’ve known Derek for decades and have worked closely with him as Allen County Commissioner and now as a State Representative and I have the utmost respect for him.”
  • Sean Tarwater – Chair, House Committee on Labor and Economic Development, Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council
    • “I have long been impressed with Derek’s performance as our AG. He always puts Kansas first, has impeccable work ethic, he is pro life, pro business, and he always looks after our school children. He is the obvious choice for the next Governor of the great state of Kansas.”
  • Will Carpenter – Chair, House Committee on Social Services Budget
    • “As Attorney General, he’s done a particularly great job in combatting human trafficking in our state and has really been a strong leader in protecting the most vulnerable among us. He has my full support to be our next Governor.”
  • Barb Wasinger – Chair, Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and Regulations
    • “Derek Schmidt has served the State of Kansas with honor and is the best person for Governor. He works well on both sides of the aisle and can be trusted to lead Kansas forward. He is my choice for Governor of Kansas and I ask that he be your choice as well.”
  • Shannon Francis – Chair, House Committee on Transportation and Public Safety Budget
    • “Derek is a proven public servant with Kansas values and Kansas common sense.  Growing up in Independence he understands the challenges and opportunities of our rural communities.  His experience in the Legislature and as Attorney General make him the best candidate to be our next Governor.  I am happy to support him.”
  • Steve Huebert – Chair, House Committee on Education
    • “I’ve worked together alongside Derek Schmidt on the issue of civics education and I know firsthand he has a passion for teaching our children the importance of engaging in the political process. He will be a governor who ensures that Kansas schools teach about America as an exceptional nation founded to promote freedom and opportunity for all, and he’ll keep divisive ideologies like CRT out of our classrooms. I’m proud to support him and look forward to him being a great education governor for our kids.”
  • Brad Ralph – Chair, Joint Committee on Special Claims Against the State
    • “I’ve worked closely with Derek Schmidt on important issues in the Judiciary Committee and have always found him to be an excellent listener and someone who is thoughtful and intelligent. He is a strong leader and the right person to be our next Governor of Kansas, and he’s earned my full support and endorsement.”
  • Susan Concannon – Chair, Children and Seniors
    • “I’ve known Derek Schmidt for a long time, even before I came to the Legislature. We’ve become great friends and I’ve really enjoyed watching him lead with competency and integrity as our attorney general. I look forward to watching him do the same as our next Kansas governor.”
  • Megan Lynn – Vice Chair, House Committee on Social Services Budget
    • ““I am thrilled to endorse Derek Schmidt for Governor. He has shown the ability to lead Kansas with strength and determination focused on our future. Derek understands the values we hold dear, has the compassion to serve others, and has the knowledge and integrity needed to lead during challenging times.”
  • Emil Bergquist, Vice Chair, House Committee on Local Government
    • “Receiving testimony and material as a Judiciary Committee member made it crystal clear that he is a man of professionalism and a fierce protector of our state constitution. It’s not just what Derek does when he’s asked by our Legislature, but it’s also the things he does on his own accord to defend our rights that proves he is the right man for the job of Governor of Kansas. I’m proud to endorse him today.”
  • Leo Delperdang – Vice Chair, House Committee on Transportation
    • “I’ve known Derek Schmidt since 2016. His overall depth of knowledge on all issues never ceases to amaze me. Throughout the pandemic, he has been fantastic in standing up to the governor on her overreaches, particularly when she attempted to close churches while keeping abortion clinics open. Derek put a stop to that, and he’s fought for our constitutional rights every step of the way. I’m proud to endorse him today.”
  • Stephen Owens – Vice Chair, House Committee on Kansas Criminal Justice Reform Commission
    • ““It became evident early last year that Kansas needs a real Leader in Topeka. Derek Schmidt stepped up in a big way to protect our freedoms and it was then he earned my endorsement. It is past time for Kansas to be led by a Governor who respects Kansas Conservative values and is willing to stand up to the current Federal administration. It is truly my pleasure to endorse Derek Schmidt for Governor.”
  • Eric Smith – Vice Chair, Joint Committee on Kansas Security and Agriculture
    • “I am honored to endorse Derek Schmidt for the office of Governor of the Great State of Kansas. There is no other individual more qualified, at a time such as this, to defend our state and lead us. Derek is a man of courage and exceptional constitutional knowledge and I don’t need to sell Kansas on why these qualities are very much needed now! We are blessed to have a candidate with the exceptional experience, the willingness, and the legal knowledge to protect us from the federal overreach that encroaches upon us, now.”
  • Les Mason – Vice Chair, House Committee on Taxation
    • “”Derek Schmidt is the candidate we need to defeat our current governor and get our state back on the right track. He will make a great leader for Kansas and he has my full support.”
  • Susan Humphries, Vice Chair, Children and Seniors
    • “Throughout my time in the Legislature, and particularly on the Judiciary Committee, I’ve observed Attorney General Schmidt testifying and have always been impressed by his grasp of Kansas law, our constitution, and his focus on the well-being of Kansans. I’ve also been so thankful for his courage and willingness to weigh in on federal issues that have needed our state’s perspective. I know Derek will bring those same traits to the governor’s office and he has my full support!”
  • Boyd Orr – Vice Chair, Financial Institutions and Pensions
    • “I’ve always appreciated the job Derek Schmidt has done as our attorney general. He’s been responsive, helpful, and professional. He’s done a great job and I am positive he will do a great job as governor as well.”
  • John Resman – Vice Chair, Transportation and Public Safety Budget
    • “Being a retired law enforcement officer, I know the importance of supporting and funding law enforcement. As Governor, Derek Schmidt will ensure law enforcement have the tools, training, funding, and support to keep all Kansans safe.”
  • John Eplee – Vice Chair, Health and Human Services
    • “For 11 years as attorney general, Derek Schmidt has done a great job for Northeast Kansas and has made it a point to visit our communities often and listen to Kansans. I am very happy to give him my full endorsement as our next GOP nominee for Governor. I know he will continue to do a great job for Northeast Kansas and all of Kansas.”
  • Lonnie Clark – Vice Chair, Veterans and Military
    • “I have known Derek Schmidt and seen him work for the State of Kansas during my eight years of service in Topeka. I am very confident, as Governor, he will lead the State of Kansas into an economically sound and prosperous state. Please join me and vote for Derek Schmidt “GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS!”
  • Francis Awerkamp – Kansas State Representative
    • “Attorney General Derek Schmidt has my support for Governor. He will bring back to that office a respect for the Law of God, our Constitution, and the people of Kansas.”
  • Doug Blex – Kansas State Representative
    • “Without a doubt, Kansas can trust Derek Schmidt to defend our conservative values and always fight for our great state.”
  • Lance Neelly – Kansas State Representative
    • “As a strong conservative State Representative, I have been impressed by the impact Attorney General Derek Schmidt has had. His knowledge and leadership will benefit Kansas greatly as Governor.”
  • Ron Ellis – Kansas State Representative
    • “As a former teacher, an owner of farms in Jefferson County, and a current legislator, I have known Derek Schmidt for several years and have always found him to be a principled custodian of the public trust. His pragmatic approach yields sensible and practical results aligned with Kansas values. I am honored to endorse Derek Schmidt for governor of our great state.”
  • David French – Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek is a fighter but more important is that he is well informed on the law and will protect Kansans with the law. I proudly endorse Derek Schmidt for Governor in 2022.”
  • Ken Collins – Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek Schmidt proved himself as Attorney General. He is the best choice to be the next Governor of Kansas.”
  • Joe Newland – Kansas State Representative
    • I’m very proud to endorse Attorney General Derek Schmidt for our next Governor.  His wealth of experience and knowledge of constitutional law will benefit Kansas immensely.” 
  • Ken Corbet – Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek Schmidt is a straight shooter and has done a rock solid job for Kansas as our state’s attorney general, including his staunch defense of our Second Amendment rights.”
  • Russ Jennings (May 23, 1955 – October 27, 2021) – Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek Schmidt has proven himself a great leader for Kansas throughout his career in public service and I’m confident he will be an excellent Governor. He is thoughtful, discerning, and always puts Kansans first. I’m proud to support him in this campaign.”
  • Tory Marie Arnberger – Kansas State Representative
    • “Kansans need a strong Republican leader to be our next Governor, and Derek is hands down who we need to defeat Laura Kelly next November. He will stand up for our values, continue to fight for our rights, and fix this mess we’re currently in.”
  • Tim Johnson – Kansas State Representative
    • “As a 31-year veteran of the criminal justice field, I have observed Derek Schmidt do more for kids and seniors than any other Attorney General in our state’s history. Derek is the leader in protecting our children and seniors, he will do even more as our governor.”
  • Adam Thomas – Kansas State Representative
    • “The time has come for us to rally behind Derek Schmidt. We need Derek to continue to fight and win for our Constitution. I believe as Governor he will do just that. I am proud to endorse my friend Derek Schmidt for Governor.”
  • Patrick Penn – Kansas State Representative
    • “”As a decorated combat veteran, I recognize strong and effective leadership when I see it. Derek Schmidt is the focused leader with the vision and values we need to propel Kansas forward. Our Kansas children deserve a fact-based, patriotic education that seeks to unify rather than divide – and Derek has been out on the forefront opposing backward, divisive, anti-American political ideologies like CRT in our classrooms. Schmidt is the uniter to bring us together and forward as Kansans.  We need Derek’s Republican leadership at Cedar Crest, and I proudly endorse him today.”
  • Marty Long – Kansas State Representative
    • ““Derek has always understood Rural Kansas and the important role it plays in our State’s economy. I look forward to electing a Governor that will benefit the interests of the entire State!”
  • Jesse Burris – Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek has worked to safeguard our communities. He joined with Legislative leaders to demand that Laura Kelly send Kansas resources to help secure our nation’s border because of the Biden Administration’s refusal to do so. Derek will make a great governor. He has my full support.”
  • Avery Anderson – Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek Schmidt is going to be a phenomenal governor for the State of Kansas. He’s done a great job as attorney general and his priorities and values are always in the right place. I’m proud to endorse him today.”
  • Susan Estes – Kansas State Representative
    • “I’m excited to endorse Derek Schmidt to be the next Governor of Kansas. There have been times I’ve had to fight tough battles over the years, and Derek has always been a trusted voice who I have been able to rely on for good advice. He has tremendous respect for professional women and always treats us as equals. He will be a great leader for all Kansans.”
  • Suzi Carlson– Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek Schmidt is the right person for Kansas in this moment. The thing I appreciate the most about Derek as both a citizen and a legislator is how he is not afraid to stand up and go head to head with the governor or the president because he knows he’s doing what’s right for Kansans. Many of our leaders in America today are afraid of the fight, but Derek has both the courage and the knowledge to always stand up for the people and our rights.”
  • Cheryl Helmer, Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek Schmidt is an outstanding attorney general who always fights for Kansans. He stands strong against federal overreach like the Biden vaccine mandates, he has fought hard against the governor’s mandates and lockdowns here at home, and he has been the last line of defense for our individual liberty. He is the right person to take the governor’s office back next November and get Kansas on the right track. I’m proud to endorse him today, and I know he will win.”
  • Lisa Moser, Kansas State Representative
    • “Pro-Life and Pro-Agriculture: two principles I share with Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate, Derek Schmidt. Just as a respect for life underscores all healthy social policy, so does agriculture underscore the Kansas economy. Derek Schmidt embodies commitment to these principal mainstays of life in our great state. Please join me in supporting Derek Schmidt as the next Governor of Kansas.”
  • Clarke Sanders – Kansas State Representative
    • “I’m very excited he has made that announcement this year and is in the race, and I know he will make a great Governor of Kansas.”
  • Blake Carpenter – Kansas State Representative
    • “I’ve worked closely with Attorney General Schmidt and his team in recent years to protect and expand our Second Amendment rights. Derek has been a strong defender of all of our liberties, and I know he has the right values when it comes to the major issues that face the State of Kansas. I’m proud to support him in the race to be our next governor.”
  • Nick Hoheisel – Kansas State Representative
    • “I’ve enjoyed working with Derek Schmidt in my role on the Judiciary Committee in the Legislature, and have admired the job he has done as our state’s attorney general. He’s always prioritized keeping Kansas families safe and respecting the rule of law and our state and federal constitutions. He will be a great law and order governor and has proven to be a leader Kansans can trust.”
  • Jim Minnix, Kansas State Representative
    • “It is vital to elect Derek Schmidt the next Governor of Kansas amid this national political situation. Derek has shown his tireless defense of our Constitutional freedoms and support for western Kansas values. Derek has been very accessible to legislators for discussions. I urge everyone to vote Derek Schmidt for Governor in 2022!”
  • Pat Proctor, Kansas State Representative
    • “In a time when our liberty, our economy, and our values are under constant attack, Kansans need a man like Derek Schmidt standing in the gap, standing for us. As Attorney General, Derek racked up an impressive, winning record in defending our freedoms against federal overreach. As our Governor, he will repair the damage done by the Kelly administration’s disastrous Covid-19 response and restore the promise of Kansas for future generations.”
  • John Wheeler, Kansas State Representative
    • “I have known Derek for nearly 20 years. He has excelled as a Senator, including serving as Majority Leader, and now as our state’s Attorney General. He will make a great Governor of Kansas.”
  • Chuck Smith , Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek Schmidt has been our attorney general for more than ten years, and he’s proven that he knows Kansas law, he knows the problems facing our state, and knows how to use the law to fix those problems and help Kansans. He’s a Southeast Kansan, so the people from our region of the state should be proud and should know that he will represent us well in the governor’s office. I will be supporting him for governor and I encourage everyone in our state to join me.”
  • Carl Turner, Kansas State Representative
    • “In my time in the Legislature, I’ve found Derek Schmidt to be always accessible, a good advocate for Kansas values, and a straight shooter with me personally. He’s a proven leader, always out front on defending the rights of Kansans that are under serious threat these days. He will make a great Governor of Kansas.”
  • Chris Croft – Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek Schmidt has earned the trust of Kansans for his principled service as Attorney General. As Governor, I know that Derek will help lead the fight against the Biden Administration and put Kansas back on a path to growth and economic stability. At this crucial time, Kansas needs a steady, trusted, and capable conservative leader to guide our state. Derek Schmidt has proven to be that leader and has my full support.”
  • Steven Howe – Kansas State Representative
    • “I am glad to endorse Derek Schmidt’s candidacy for Governor. As Attorney General, he’s been the people’s champion, successfully fighting back against the overreach of the federal government. Derek has what it takes to lead and get results for our great State. I am glad to throw my full support behind Derek Schmidt for Governor.”
  • Mike Dodson – Kansas State Representative
    • “I enthusiastically endorse our current Attorney General Derek Schmidt as our next Governor of Kansas. Attorney General Schmidt is a proactive proponent for Kansas and has been a staunch defender of the rights of all Kansans. As a fifth generation Kansan, Derek has a deep understanding of issues across the state. He is building a legacy of leadership that has and will guarantee a brighter future for us and our children.”
  • Bill Clifford – Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek Schmidt has earned the trust of all Kansans. He’s been a staunch defender of our rights and liberties and he’s won important victories for us in the courts. He’s fought back against Joe Biden’s overreaching vaccine mandates and as governor he will above all trust Kansans to make decisions for ourselves and our families. He will bring much-needed and welcome change to the governor’s office when he is victorious next fall, and he has my full support.”
  • Brett Fairchild – Kansas State Representative
    • “Attorney General Derek Schmidt has my support for Governor. As Governor, Derek Schmidt will fight for conservative principles like reducing the tax burden on working families, promoting free markets, preserving religious freedom, and defending the sanctity of human life. It’s imperative that we elect someone as Governor who will fight for conservative values, and I believe that Derek Schmidt is that person.”
  • Bill Sutton – Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek is a solid conservative, and has the leadership strength that
      has been lacking in the current administration. He’s exactly what
      Kansas needs to get back on track, and I happily endorse his candidacy
      for the office of governor.”
  • Tom Kessler – Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek Schmidt will make a great governor for Kansas. He has been a solid fighter for liberty and freedom and will be a governor who trusts parents and business owners, unlike our current governor. He and his pick for lieutenant governor Katie Sawyer will bring the right values to the governor’s office and they have my full support!”
  • Brian Bergkamp – Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek Schmidt is the leader that Kansas needs right now. He is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and he has successfully defended our values and freedoms that have been challenged unlike ever before these last few years. He will respect Kansans and trust us to lead our own lives without government interference and he will return our state to one that is pro-business and pro-family. Derek has my full support in November!”
  • Paul Waggoner – Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek Schmidt has never backed down from a fight against a government trampling our rights, whether it be Joe Biden in Washington or Laura Kelly in Kansas. We need his courage in leadership and we need him to bring Kansas conservative values to the Governor’s office. He’s proven throughout his time as attorney general and in this campaign that he’s got what it takes to win, and he’s earned my support.”
  • Ray Merrick – Former Kansas House Speaker
    • “Derek is exactly who we need in the governor’s office to get our state back on the right track and to fix the problems caused by our current governor.”
  • Mike O’Neal – Former Kansas House Speaker
    • “I’ve known Derek Schmidt for a long time, and particularly enjoyed working with him closely when he served as Senate Majority Leader for a portion of my term as Speaker. I’ve always admired his work as a public servant and I’m proud to call him a friend. They say that the best qualification for a new job is success at your old job, and Derek’s work as our state’s attorney general is unparalleled.”
  • Doug Mays – Former Kansas House Speaker
    • “Kansas desperately needs new leadership in the governor’s office and Derek Schmidt is the right person for the job. He’s right on the issues and he knows how to work well with the Legislature.  Most importantly, he has devoted much of his time traveling across our state listening to the concerns of all Kansans.  I know that as Governor he will always keep their priorities in mind.  I’m excited to endorse him today and look forward to him leading our state in 2023 and beyond.”
  • Robin Jennison – Former Kansas House Speaker
    • “Kansas needs a governor who will work with our Legislature and sign into law important bills that reflect the priorities of Kansans, not veto them. Derek Schmidt has a great track record of standing up for Kansas values as Attorney General and Senate Majority Leader. He will be a great governor who will always put Kansans first, and I’m proud to endorse him today.”
  • Tim Shallenburger – Former Kansas House Speaker 
    • “I’ve known Derek Schmidt for a very long time and was one of his original supporters in his first campaign for attorney general. He will make an excellent governor for our state and I’m proud to support him in this campaign.” 
  • Jene Vickrey– Former Kansas House Majority Leader
    • “I’ve known Derek Schmidt for many years and have always admired his hard work and dedication to Kansas. He’s a genuine conservative who will make a great leader for our state.”
  • John Whitmer – Former Kansas State Representative
    • “I have known Derek Schmidt for over a decade and know him to be a reliable, trustworthy conservative who we can count on to defend the core fundamental principles of limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise and traditional values that Kansans hold most dear.”
  • Ward Cassidy – Former Kansas State Representative
    • “Derek Schmidt has my full support for Kansas Governor. Derek is a strong conservative with common sense values. He truly understands western Kansas values. He has an excellent track record and will make a great leader for our state.”
  • Sue Boldra – Former Kansas State Representative
    • “I first met Derek while I was serving in the Kansas Legislature during his early years as Attorney General, and his love for Kansas has always been evident. As an educator, I know that Derek is committed to making our state the best place in America to raise a family. Under his leadership, Kansas schools will be second to none. He will serve Kansans as governor with honor, integrity, and humility – just as he has in the attorney general’s office. I am proud and excited to support my friend Derek Schmidt for Governor of Kansas.”
Republican Party Leaders
  • Nikki Haley – 29th U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. & 116th Governor of South Carolina
    • “AG Schmidt’s pro-law and order, pro-2A, pro-small business freedom fighter who has taken Biden to court – and won. As governor, he’ll be a strong voice for the people of Kansas, and make sure his state is free from Washington’s liberal overreach.”
  • Sedgwick County GOP 
    • “Derek Schmidt’s strong values and common sense leadership will govern Kansas with a steady hand.”
  • Johnson County GOP
    • “Given his commitment to taking on the Kelly and Biden administrations in his role as Attorney General, the Johnson County Executive Committee has endorsed Derek Schmidt for Governor.”
  • Shawnee County GOP
    • “We believe, just like President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, that Derek is the right choice for Kansas Republicans.” 
  • Wyandotte County GOP
    • “Given his track record, his core values, and the vision he has laid out for the future of our state, the Wyandotte County Republican Executive Committee has voted unanimously to endorse Derek Schmidt to be the next governor of Kansas.”
  • Stephen R. Cloud – Former Kansas Republican National Committeeman
    • “Derek Schmidt has proven time and again that he is the leader we need in Kansas right now. He’s never backed down from an important fight, and he knows what it takes to win – he’s got the record that shows it. We are lucky to have him serving as our attorney general now as he takes the fight to Joe Biden over these terrible vaccine mandates, after spending the last year and a half successfully defending our liberties from our current governor’s mandates and lockdowns. I’m confident Derek will get our state back on the right track as our governor and be the leader all Kansans are proud of.”
  • Mary Alice Lair – Former Chairwoman and National Comitteewoman, Kansas Republican Party
    • “Derek Schmidt will reopen Kansas and rebuild our economy, and that’s why I’m proud to support his campaign for governor.”
  • Dr. Helen Van Etten – Former Kansas RNC National Committeewoman
    • “I’ve known a lot of candidates throughout my life, and Derek Schmidt is one of the best, most promising Kansans I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He doesn’t just talk – he gets things done.”
  • Kelly Arnold – Former Chairman of Kansas GOP
    • “Derek is a proven winner. He has won every race, even by record numbers. And he gets the job done. He sued the Obama/Biden administration and won. He’s undefeated in front of the Supreme Court, and he keeps his word.”
  • Bob Dool – Former Treasurer of Kansas GOP
    • “Derek Schmidt’s strong record as a fiscal conservative makes him the best choice to lead our state going forward. That’s exactly why I’m proud to endorse his campaign for governor.”
  • Mary Jean Eisenhower – Humanitarian, Granddaughter of 34th U.S. President Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
    • “Derek Schmidt is a tremendous Kansan and the right person to lead our state in today’s society. I’m proud to endorse him to be the next Governor of Kansas.”
  • Treatha Brown-Foster – Executive Board Member Kansas Black Republican Council
    • “Derek Schmidt is a great attorney general, and we’ve been so lucky to have his leadership here in Kansas. He’s always been a strong supporter of our Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. I’m excited and honored to endorse him today and it will be wonderful to invite Derek to our Freedom Shoot in 2023 as our Kansas Governor.”
  • Kansas College Republicans
    • “Our college campuses have become repressive thought factories bent on enforcing socialist ideologies from the top down, our values are being attacked, and our voices are being silenced. We are honored to endorse Attorney General Derek Schmidt as the next Governor of Kansas.”
  • Kansas Young Republicans
    • “The sad reality is Kansas in recent years has not been an attractive place to live, work, and grow a family….We cannot afford another four years under Laura Kelly, who spent her first term in office closing schools and mandating masks on kids in order to return to in-person learning, picking which businesses and jobs are essential or non-essential, and constantly vetoing bills in the Legislature that would put more money in our pockets. Simply put, Kansas needs Derek Schmidt in the governor’s office. We would encourage Young Republicans, and all Kansans to vote for him in November.”
  • Marshall County GOP
    • “The Executive Committee of the Marshall County Republican Party is honored to endorse Attorney General Derek Schmidt for Governor. Derek has the knowledge, values, and experience needed to win this race against Laura Kelly and to get our state back on track…Derek Schmidt will be a governor who values freedom and individual liberty, and will help Kansas small businesses, workers, families, and children grow and thrive. He will be a true “education governor” by protecting our children from radical teachings like critical race theory and making sure they learn in the classroom not on computers at home. He is the right leader our state needs. We encourage all Kansans to vote for Derek Schmidt for Governor.”
  • Jefferson County Republican Central Committee
    • “The Jefferson County Republican Central Committee has voted to endorse Derek Schmidt for Kansas Governor. Derek represents the best of Kansas values, and we are proud to support him. Derek is a strong, conservative Constitutionalist. As AG he has fought to protect our God-given rights, and we have no doubt he will continue to do so as governor…Kansas is ready for a strong leader who cares about more about the freedom of the people of Kansas than about controlling the people of Kansas. We are honored to issue this endorsement.”
  • Morton County Republican Party
    • “The Morton County Republican Party is honored to endorse Attorney General Derek Schmidt for Governor. Derek represents the best of Kansas values and we are proud to support him. Derek is a strong, conservative Constitutionalist. As Attorney General, he has fought to protect our God-given rights and we have no doubt that he will continue to do so as Governor. Derek will help Kansas small businesses, workers, families, and children grow and thrive. Kansas is ready and in need of a strong leader. We encourage all Kansans to vote for Derek Schmidt for Governor.”
  • Ellis County GOP Central Committee
    • The Ellis County Republican Party today endorses Attorney General Derek Schmidt to be the next Governor of Kansas. Derek Schmidt is an accomplished, dedicated, and impressive leader who will fight to make the lives of all Kansans better. He is a true patriot who fights for individual liberty and freedom and has a track record of winning the tough battles as our Kansas Attorney General. He will continue to win on our behalf as Kansas Governor….We encourage voters in Ellis County and all around the state to join us in supporting him in this race for Governor.”
  • Leavenworth County Republican Party
    • “Derek Schmidt is an impressive, proven, and committed leader who has always worked hard to improve the lives and opportunities of Kansans. He shares our values and he fights every day for us, particularly when the Biden administration constantly overreaches and intrudes into our lives. His track record speaks for itself, and we wholly believe that he will continue to serve Kansans very well as Governor…We are grateful that the Schmidt family has taken on this mission to save Kansas, and we hope that voters in Leavenworth County and across Kansas will join us in supporting Derek Schmidt for Governor.”
  • Finney County Republican Party
    • “The Finney County Republican Party Central Committee has endorsed Attorney General Derek Schmidt for Governor of Kansas. Kansas needs Derek Schmidt to get us back on track after now more than three years of failures and ineffectiveness in governor’s office. In contrast, Derek has a strong track record at the attorney general’s office. He’s always back the blue, preserved law and order, fought for individual liberty, and scored many victories against both he Obama and Biden administrations when they overreached. Finney County knows Derek Schmidt because he prioritizes visiting with us and listening to our concerns…We hope all Republicans, and all Kansans, will join us and support Derek Schmidt for Governor and his positive vision for the future of our state.”
  • Crawford County Republican Party
    • “The Crawford County Republican Party Central Committee is proud to announce we have endorsed Derek Schmidt in his run for Governor of Kansas…Derek Schmidt is a proven leader who always puts the needs of Kansans first. He will work to advance a commonsense conservative agenda, not block it. He will have our backs when Joe Biden tramples on our liberty. Instead of growing government, he’ll get it out of our way so our businesses and firms can go and prosper. For these reasons, Attorney General Schmidt will make a great Governor. He has our full support and we encourage all voters to join us in electing him this November.”
  • Wichita County Republican Party –
    • “Derek has a strong track record of fighting for individual liberty, putting the interests of Kansas families first. He shares our values and priorities as a native son of rural Kansas.”
  • Stevens County Republican Central Committee
    • “The Stevens County Republican Central Committee is pleased to announce our support for Attorney General Derek Schmidt in the race for Governor of Kansas. Kansans are ready to move on from the failures of Laura Kelly and her administration over the last three and a half years. Kansas families and businesses are struggling under her leadership and we need a fresh new positive vision for Kansas and Derek Schmidt has the values and ideas to move us forward. He will make our state more attractive for small businesses, jobs, and workers. He will make sure our schools are the best in the country and teach our children the truth about America – that we are the greatest nation on earth where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. He has a strong track record of always fighting for individual liberty and freedom, and always has Kansas families at the top of his mind. As a native of Independence, he understands the values and needs of rural communities like ours. We recommend every Kansas voter in Stevens County and around the state cast their ballot for Derek Schmidt in November.”
  • Washington County Republican Central Committee
    • “Attorney General Schmidt has the track record, knowledge on the issues, and most importantly the Kansas values to get our state back on the right track after four years of little to no progress or accomplishments under Laura Kelly.”
Organizations
  • Kansans for Life
    • “Derek Schmidt has been a true defender of life as Attorney General,” said Melissa Leach, KFL PAC Manager. “His work to defend our existing pro-life laws and support for the Value Them Both Amendment is well-documented. We are confident that he will carry this same commitment to the Governor’s mansion.”
  • Kansas Farm Bureau
    • “I’ve known Derek Schmidt for 20 years and every step of the way he’s earned the trust of Kansas farmers and ranchers. He knows our issues as a former Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman and he knows our people as someone who’s traveled the state and its 105 counties many times. He listens to Kansans and has the right values to lead our state, and we’re excited to endorse him today.”
  • Kansas Livestock Association
    • “The Kansas Livestock Association is proud to endorse Derek Schmidt for governor. Derek has fostered a positive business climate for livestock producers throughout his entire career in public service. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with him as the next governor of Kansas.”
  • Kansas Fraternal Order of Police 
    • “Derek Schmidt is an incredible friend to law enforcement who has always had our backs as attorney general. We at the Fraternal Order of Police are thrilled he has made the choice to continue his public service and entered the race for governor. Today we are proud to announce our endorsement of AG Schmidt for governor of Kansas. Derek will be a law-and-order governor who always has the safety and security of our Kansas communities top of mind, and has already announced a solid public safety plan to reduce violent crime and protect our students in schools. We look forward to continuing our partnership with him in his new role as governor and we encourage all Kansans to vote for him in November.”
  • Kansas State Troopers’ Association
    • “Derek Schmidt has long been a strong supporter of law enforcement and he has advocated to make Kansas a safer place to live, work, and raise a family.  He has always been supportive of the Kansas State Troopers, and we are proud to support him…. We need new leadership to partner with us to protect Kansans and we know Derek Schmidt is that leader.”
  • National Rifle Association
    • “Derek Schmidt is a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment freedoms and he will continue to fight to protect our fundamental right to self-defense. Kansans can trust Derek Schmidt to protect their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.” 
  • Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 
    • Kansas and the nation are in constant and dire need of the leadership supported by the conservative and patriotic ideals that Derek Schmidt has provided as attorney general. His constant and proven track record of defending and enforcing constitutional rights demonstrate that as governor, Derek will stand strong in the representation of his people against the forces of federal tyranny.”
  • Americans for Prosperity – Kansas
    • “It is abundantly clear that we need a new governor who has a vision for long-term fiscal health for our state. Governor Kelly is touting the same reckless, big-spending policies of the Biden administration, which have led to record inflation. Instead, we need a policy champion like Attorney General Derek Schmidt as governor who stands ready to lead on thoughtful reform by finding commonsense ways to rein in government spending, stop the ever-increasing tax burden on Kansas families, and push back on harmful government overreach.”
  • National Border Patrol Council
    • “We are proud to endorse Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s campaign for Kansas Governor…Derek has consistently advocated for the right policies when it comes to securing America’s southern border, and by extension keeping Kansas communities safe….Kansas deserves Attorney General Schmidt’s clear-eyed leadership as governor…With the right leadership, American immigration policy should largely be a discussion at the federal level. However, the crisis created by the Biden Administration’s deliberate failure to keep our border secure means every state – including Kansas – is now a border state. When it comes to public safety, it’s never been more important that the people serving in the role of governor understand this fact and implement state policies accordingly. For all of these reasons, the National Border Patrol Council asks that Kansans vote for Attorney General Derek Schmidt for Governor.”
  • Kansas Family Voice
    • “While Laura Kelly would like for you to put your trust in her, Derek knows that our trust has to be in God. Our state and our families do not need another four years of Laura Kelly’s destructive anti-family policies. It’s time to elect a governor that will work to pass pro-family policies. That’s why we are proud to endorse Derek Schmidt and Katie Sawyer for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.”
  • National Latino Peace Officers Association – Advocacy 
    • “The NLPOA-Advocacy supports Derek Schmidt because his vision is consistent with the type of Leader our country needs, especially with the current state of law enforcement profession. We invite our members and friends to support Derek Schmidt as he walks ‘side-by-side with Law Enforcement.’”
Community Leaders
  • Wink Hartman – Businessman
    • “Conservatives in Kansas should be thrilled with the prospect of Derek Schmidt as Governor. He’s been a warrior for our cause – for life, for the Second Amendment, and for individual liberties Derek is a leader worth uniting around, and he has my full support in his campaign to make Laura Kelly a one-term governor.”
  • Steve Shute – Former Gardner Mayor
    • “As a father of five boys, three of whom are still in Kansas public schools, making sure they receive the best education possible is my highest priority. Under Laura Kelly, who was the first governor in America to shut our schools down, fewer high school students are meeting benchmarks and more controversial lesson plans are being uncovered each day. We need a governor like Derek Schmidt who has committed to ensuring our students are well-equipped for the modern workforce and that parents have the ultimate say in what their kids are being taught. I’m proud to endorse him and confident he’s going to be a great pro-education governor of Kansas.”
  • Jim HowellSedgwick County Commissioner
    • “Kansas needs a solid leader that embraces limited government, personal freedom, fiscal common sense, and family values. I’ve been personally interacting with Derek Schmidt more than a decade and know he is uniquely skilled to reestablish these principled ideals in Kansas. Please join me and support Derek Schmidt for Kansas governor in 2022.”
  • Jason Osterhaus – Former Johnson County Commissioner
    • “As Commissioner, one of the first events where I met our Attorney General was the opening of our new crime lab. During a conversation with Derek, I found him to be a great advocate for law enforcement; someone who was accessible to not only myself but also the citizens I represented; and someone who had a great understanding of the economics that drive Johnson County. For these reasons and more, I look forward to great things happening in Kansas with Derek Schmidt as our next Governor!”
  • Steve Howe – Johnson County District Attorney
    • “I’ve known Derek Schmidt for a long time, and he’s always been a man of integrity, honesty, and had an incredible passion for serving Kansas. Working closely with him in our roles as attorney general and district attorney has provided me with the opportunity to see up close how dedicated he is to public safety and law and order. It was no surprise to see Derek out front leading on the issue of school safety recently with his strong plan to secure our schools and protect our children. It’s the type of solutions-oriented leadership that Kansas needs and that Derek will deliver day-in and day-out. I’m proud to support him in the race to be our next Kansas Governor.”
  • Steve Baccus – Former President of Kansas Farm Bureau 
    • “As the former President of Kansas Farm Bureau, I know firsthand that agriculture is the lifeblood of our great state. That’s why we need a trusted leader like Derek Schmidt who understands our values and our way of life.”
  • Bob Knight – Former Wichita Mayor
    • “Kansas needs a new governor who will provide strong leadership and get our state back on track after the last few years of failures under Laura Kelly. Derek Schmidt has proven he is that leader, who shares our values and listens to Kansans before he acts. He will make a great governor who will bring us together and make sure Kansas is the best place in America to raise a family and build a business.”
  • Carlos Mayans – Former Wichita Mayor
    • “I am pleased to endorse Derek Schmidt for Governor of Kansas. He has done an excellent job as Kansas Attorney General and has a clear vision, experience, and dedication to serve the people of Kansas. Derek has expressed his commitment to uphold our rights and freedoms under our state constitution. Derek is honest, intelligent, and committed to make positive changes in the life of all Kansans.”
  • Jeff Longwell – Former Wichita Mayor
    • “It is imperative that we get our great state back on track. The best person that can lead Kansas into a better future is Derek Schmidt. Our next generation deserves to have a chance for success and Derek will provide that opportunity for everyone as our Kansas governor.”
  • Adam LaRoche, Former MLB player and founder of E3 Ranch Foundation
    • “I was excited to hear about Derek’s willingness to take on this new challenge. I’ve had the privilege of spending some time with him and I have always appreciated his passion for Kansans, his willingness to have the tough conversations, and his heart for our most vulnerable. He has my full support in the race for governor, and my hope is that we as a community will give him the support that is needed during this pivotal time.”
  • Bob Aldrich – Wichita businessman
    • “Derek’s leadership over the years for his fellow Kansans is indisputable. No one has worked harder to make sure all our citizens have a safe place to raise families and achieve prosperity in our great state, his passion and love for Kansas is second to none. My wife Donna and I have known Derek for many years now and in my heart I know all Kansans can rest easy knowing Derek Schmidt will be leading Kansas as Governor to a much better place for our families to grow and prosper.”
  • Michael Austin – Kansas Free-Market Economist
    • “Under Laura Kelly’s leadership, Kansas government spending and influence has grown to the detriment of Kansas families and businesses. Kansas jobs haven’t recovered, our children’s education suffers, and many Kansans have lost their freedoms. As Attorney General, Derek has worked to craft a government that is honest, humble and willing to serve. In his campaign for Governor, he’s provided a vision for restoring individual liberty and opportunity to all Kansans. For these reasons, I endorse Derek Schmidt to be the next Governor of Kansas.”
  • Sara Hart Weir – Former President and CEO of National Down Syndrome Society
      • “PROUD to stand up and support Derek Schmidt as the next Governor of our great state. When it comes to the kitchen table issues – healthcare, education, jobs and economic security, Derek is the leader Kansans need at the helm. I look forward to our important work ahead in getting Kansans back to work, ensuring we take care of our most vulnerable, improving the quality of education in Kansas classrooms and lowering the cost of healthcare. Derek will continue to be a strong leader for Kansas and work every day to make it the best state in the country to live, work and raise a family. He has my full support in the race for governor.”
  • Dave Lindstrom – Former Kansas City Chief & Former Johnson County Commissioner Business Owner
    • “As a former Kansas City Chiefs player, a former Johnson County Commissioner and current business owner, I enthusiastically endorse Derek Schmidt to be the next Governor of the Great State of Kansas! Derek is a trusted leader and determined competitor who will bring the commonsense, conservative principles of personal responsibility, individual freedoms and our Constitution to the Governor’s office. He is a family man who has the experience, the strength and the courage to fight for and protect all Kansans, especially our vulnerable and at-risk populations.”
  • Dr. James Dobson – Founder, James Dobson Family Institute
    • “Derek is a strong supporter of the institution of the family. He is a conservative who believes in building a climate of opportunity for all Kansans and protecting traditional values like religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the rule of law.
Law Enforcement
  • Calvin Hayden – Johnson County Sheriff
    • “Derek understands that in order for Kansas to thrive, we need to strongly support the rule of law and critical protections for all of our families. He’s the best person for the job because he has a strong record of working to uphold the law and support our law enforcement.”
  • Kendal Lothman – Kiowa County Sheriff
    • “As a lifelong Kansan, my foundational principle in life is that you always take care of your folks. I know that Derek lives by these same values because even from my first few days working with him, it was clear that he has a true passion for helping people.”
  • Brian Hill – Shawnee County Sheriff
    • “Derek understands how to win the toughest fights against the worst kinds of criminals. He has years of experience and the strong, commonsense leadership that Kansas needs to restore law and order to our great state.”
  • Don Ash– Former Wyandotte County Sheriff 
    • “I’m supporting Derek Schmidt for Governor because he’s the law and order candidate in this race who will support law enforcement and protect the people and communities of our great state. He’s done it throughout his whole career, and I know he’ll continue to Back the Blue every single day as governor.”
  • Jerry Montagne– McPherson County Sheriff
    • “I’ve known Derek Schmidt for ten years, and I’m a huge supporter and know he will be a great governor for the State of Kansas. Derek has always been pro-law enforcement, which I greatly appreciate as someone who has spent 39 years as a police officer and now five as county sheriff. Derek always shows up, he’s Johnny on the job – when we need him, he’s there quick to respond with helpful information and necessary action. I’m happy to encourage all Kansans to support him.”
  • Cole Presley, Graham County Sheriff
    • “As Attorney General, Derek has worked tirelessly to make Kansas a better place to live. I have no doubt that as Governor he will work just as hard. Derek is the leader we need in Kansas now more than ever.”
  • David Falletti, Cowley County Sheriff
    • “I am honored to give my endorsement to Derek Schmidt to be the next Governor of Kansas. I have had the opportunity to work for Derek as a KBI Agent and with him as Sheriff. Derek has kept victims of crime as one of his highest priorities and continues to support law enforcement here in Kansas.”
  • Jeff Richards, Franklin County Sheriff
    • “I’ve known Derek for several years and he’s always served Kansas well. He’s a law and order guy, and throughout his service to our state he’s demonstrated a steadfast dedication to upholding the constitution and rule of law – as opposed to too many others serving in government today who disregard it. He will be a breath of fresh air for Kansas and I’m proud to endorse him as governor.”
  • Andy Dedeke, Leavenworth County Sheriff
    • “I enthusiastically endorse Derek Schmidt for Governor because he has demonstrated true leadership as attorney general and fought for all Kansans. Derek has been and continues to be a staunch supporter of Kansas law enforcement and believes in the principles of law and order. A true conservative, Derek will serve Kansas with honor and respect.”
  • Ron Wade, Montgomery County Sheriff
    • “As Sheriff of Montgomery County, I would like to endorse Derek Schmidt for Governor of our great state. As Attorney General, Derek shares the conservative values of the citizens of Kansas, is an advocate for law enforcement, and tough on crime. I look forward to having a true friend of law enforcement sitting in the Capitol building.”
  • Frank W. Kelly – Miami County Sheriff
    • “Derek Schmidt has my support for Kansas Governor. Over the past ten years as Attorney General, Derek has shown his proven leadership of working with Law Enforcement and taking a proactive stance to protect our Constitutional Freedoms and Values for the citizens of our great State of Kansas!”
  • Jeff Easter – Sedgwick County Sheriff
    • “I’ve worked closely with Derek Schmidt throughout his tenure as our state’s attorney general and he’s always done an excellent job for the people of Kansas. He has the experience, the knowledge of the issues, and the conservative values our state needs in its next governor. He will provide the support for law enforcement so we can ensure Kansas remains a great place to live and raise a family. He has my full support for governor.”
  • Brian Bellendir – Barton County Sheriff
    • “Derek Schmidt has proven to be a great friend of law enforcement throughout his tenure as attorney general. His commonsense approach to the issues and his steady hand approach to leadership are qualities that will serve the state well when he is our governor. He has my full support and I encourage all Kansans to vote for Derek Schmidt next November.”
  • Bryant Evans – Rice County Sheriff
    • “I’ve always appreciated Derek Schmidt and the leadership he’s provided to our state. He’s always supported law enforcement and been a great asset to Kansas sheriffs as our attorney general. Perhaps his best quality is that he always listens to Kansans for advice on how best to lead, which is why we love having him visit Rice County. He will make a terrific governor for our state and I’m proud to support his campaign.”
  • Kristopher Casper – Wichita County Sheriff
    • “I’m excited to cast my vote for Derek Schmidt for the office of Governor. Derek has already fought for Kansans’ rights as the Attorney General. I believe he will continue his legacy of constitutionally driven integrity and professionalism when he becomes Governor of Kansas.”
  • John Fletcher – Former Russell County Sheriff
    • “During my tenure serving as the Russell County Sheriff for 16 years, I had the opportunity to work with Derek Schmidt on multiple occasions. He is approachable, personable, and above all professional. Derek has shown his leadership skills and commonsense approach to decision making as our Attorney General. He is a proven supporter of law enforcement. Derek represents all the qualities Kansans need in their Governor. He has my full support and I encourage everyone to vote for Derek Schmidt for Governor in November.”
  • Gary Steed – Former executive director of the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (KSCPOST) and former Sedgwick County Sheriff,
    • “Derek Schmidt has both supported and advocated for Kansas law enforcement for many years. He’s been a steadfast partner for the men and women in blue, always working to keep our families and communities safe as our attorney general. He will make an excellent governor, and he has my full support.”
  • Bill Martin – Bourbon County Sheriff
    • “As the Sheriff of Bourbon County, I am proud and honored to offer my full support to Derek Schmidt as he runs for the Governor of the great State of Kansas. As Attorney General, Derek has proven that he is a trusted leader based on his commonsense approach to anything in front of him. Derek has always been a law-and-order individual who believes in defending our individual liberties and freedom, while giving his full support to the men and women in blue. Derek Schmidt will be the Governor that the State of Kansas needs to lead us through the next 4 years.”
  • Bill Carr – Ford County Sheriff
    • “Derek Schmidt is a great friend to law enforcement who will make a great Governor of Kansas. Throughout his years of service as our attorney general, he’s always provided us with the support we need to do our jobs to the best of our ability and keep Kansas safe. Now, more than ever with crime on the rise we need someone with his experience and his values leading our state. I will be proud to vote for him.”
  • Scott King – Pawnee County Sheriff
    • “Derek Schmidt has been an excellent attorney general, fighting every day to keep Kansas safe and always having our back in law enforcement. He’s been a great friend to Pawnee County and has visited with us many times over his years in public service. We know that he cares about rural Kansas, and it’s so important to have a governor who understands our needs and knows how to deliver. He will do a great job as our next governor, and he has my full support.”
  • Jeffery A. McCullough – Woodson County Sheriff
    • “I want to publicly endorse Attorney General Derek Schmidt for the Office of Governor for the State of Kansas. Over the past several years, I worked as a Detective for the Woodson County Sheriff’s Office and worked closely with the Office of the Attorney General of Kansas on many criminal cases. General Schmidt conducts his office in a manner that assists all law enforcement agencies. I am certain that he will carry this same professionalism into the Office of Governor of the State of Kansas.”
  • Tracy Chance – Harper County Sheriff
    • “Attorney General Derek Schmidt has my full support in the race for Governor of Kansas. He’s been a great leader as our AG and has worked hard to keep Kansas safe, particularly at a time when leaders in Washington have made that a tougher job than it should be. He’s always backed the blue and he has the right ideas to improve public safety as our governor. I hope everyone in Harper County and around the whole state casts a vote for Derek Schmidt in November.”
  • Chad Gay – Harvey County Sheriff
    • “Derek Schmidt has the knowledge, values, and experience that have served our state exceptionally well as our attorney general. I know because I’ve seen from firsthand experience that he respects and supports law enforcement and will be a law and order governor at a time when we desperately need one. He will spend his time in office doing everything he can to make sure law enforcement has what we need to keep Kansas families safe. I will be voting for Derek Schmidt in November and I encourage all Kansans to join me.”
  • Bryan Murphy – Allen County Sheriff
    • “Derek Schmidt is a great friend of law enforcement. He’s always had our back as attorney general and he will make sure we are trusted and respected and have the resources we need to keep Kansas safe when he is governor. As a native of Southeast Kansas himself, he’ll always keep our needs at the top of his mind when considering new ideas and policies. He will be a great governor for all Kansans, and he has my support in November.”
  • Robert Hoskins – Wabaunsee County Sheriff
    • “Derek Schmidt has dedicated his career to public service and to working with law enforcement to keep Kansas safe. It’s painfully clear we need new leadership in both Washington and Topeka, and it is my hope that come January, Attorney General Schmidt will be sworn in as governor so he can help deal with the mess the Biden administration has caused with its open border policies that have led to increased drug trafficking and violent crime across our country and here in Kansas.”
  • Darren Chambers, Sumner County Sheriff
    • “Derek Schmidt has proven to be a great defender of law and order, public safety, and individual liberty as our attorney general. He will take those values and principles to the Governor’s office at a time when we badly need new leadership at both the state and national level. He has my full endorsement and I encourage all voters to support him in the race for Governor.”
  • Heath Samuels, Greenwood County Sheriff
    • “Attorney General Derek Schmidt has long been a steadfast supporter of law enforcement. I greatly appreciate all of his hard work and dedication to keeping Kansas communities safe as AG and know that he will bring those same values to the Governor’s office. He will put forth the right policies to help those of us in law enforcement continue to deal with the troubling rise in drug abuse and crime brought forth by poor leadership in Washington and a failure to secure our southern border. I am proud to endorse him in this race for Kansas Governor.”
  • John Merchant – Brown County Sheriff
    • “I have had the opportunity to meet with Derek on a number of occasions. He has always taken the time to listen to my concerns and has always been a strong defender of law enforcement. As Kansas Attorney General, Derek has proven his knowledge and abilities to better the lives of Kansans. I am very proud to support Derek in his bid for governor and ask the voters to put their faith and confidence in him that I have. He will not disappoint us.”
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  • Steve Haynes – Publisher of Colby Free Press, Goodland Star-News, Oberlin Herald, Norton Telegram, Saint Francis Herald, Bird City Times, and Country Advocate
    • “Derek Schmidt, I’ve got to think, is just the man to do it. I’ve known him since his days as a legislator, someone who was always committed to what we call good government, and especially to the people’s right to know what their government is doing. He’s always impressed me as genuine, someone whose heart was in the right place and who cared about things like open government. He carried that commitment over to the attorney general’s office, where in 12 years he conducted training sessions across the state for public officials on open meetings and open records laws. It’d be a pleasure to see him apply his personality and his principles to reforming and rebuilding state government.”
  • Dan Thalman – Editor and Publisher of Washington County News
    • “Schmidt will right Gov. Kelly’s wrongs. The Republican Party in Kansas had unified under the banner of Derek Schmidt, our current Kansas Attorney General. Gov. Kelly has given Kansans another reminder that our state is not at its best with a Democrat in the lead office. Our state’s motto seems appropriate for this race – Derek Schmidt will be our “ad astra” after Gov. Kelly’s “per aspera.” Join me in supporting Derek Schmidt for governor and help put Kansas back on the right path.”

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