Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden endorses AG Derek Schmidt for Governor

TOPEKA – (May 17, 2021) – Calvin Hayden, Sheriff of Johnson County, today announced his endorsement of Attorney General Derek Schmidt for Governor of Kansas.

“As a Sheriff and lifelong law enforcement officer, I know how important it is to have leaders who will work with law enforcement to keep our communities safe. With our law enforcement under attack now more than ever before, Kansas needs a Governor who wants to defend, not defund, our police.

“While serving as Attorney General, Derek Schmidt has proven time and time again that he’s willing to do what it takes to be tough on crime. He’s spent his life defending innocent children and cracking down on violent criminals, so I know that Derek will be exactly the leader we need to keep our families safe and protected.

“Derek also 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.”


A fifth-generation Kansan whose ancestors settled in Kansas after fighting for the Union Army in the Civil War, Schmidt was raised in Independence. Generations of his family were metalworkers and farmers, teachers and miners, and small business owners. His parents were the first in their families to graduate from college.

In 2010, Schmidt defeated an incumbent Democrat to be elected Kansas Attorney General and has been reelected twice; in 2018, he received more votes than any other candidate for attorney general in Kansas history. Before that, he represented Southeast Kansas for 10 years in the State Senate, where he served as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and later as the Republican majority leader. In total, he has won 12 public elections and two legislative leadership elections in Kansas – and never lost.

As attorney general, Schmidt has focused on combating elder abuse, fighting human trafficking, strengthening the prosecution of crimes against children, and fixing difficult problems that long were ignored like the need to build a modern, efficient forensic science laboratory for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. He was elected by his peers nationwide to serve as president of the National Association of Attorneys General and was named the nation’s Outstanding Attorney General in 2019.

When President Obama’s administration overreached in regulating Kansas farmers, ranchers, and small businesses, Schmidt fought back in court – and won. He defended President Trump’s America First policies that grew jobs, promoted freedom and made our economy strong. He is undefeated in three cases he personally argued for Kansas before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Schmidt currently is suing the President Biden for trying to implement the Green New Deal by executive order and has put the Biden administration on notice that it should reconsider its decisions to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline and to end a program that deports illegal alien sex offenders.

Schmidt’s work for Kansas has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Criminal Justice Professional of the Year Award from the Wichita Crime Commission, the Distinguished Service to Children Award from the Kansas Children’s Service League, and the Guardian of Small Business Award from the Kansas chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

Derek and Jennifer Schmidt are the parents of two daughters.