Kansas State Troopers’ Association PAC endorses Schmidt for Governor

Troopers did not endorse in 2018 general election

TOPEKA – (July 6, 2022) – The Kansas State Troopers’ Association Political Action Committee today announced its endorsement of Attorney General Derek Schmidt in this year’s race for KansasGovernor.

The endorsement for Schmidt comes after the organization remained neutral in the 2018 general election for governor.

The announcement, which can be found online here, contains a statement from KSTA PAC President Bryan Clark that includes the following:

“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 KansasState 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.”

Schmidt responded with the following statement:

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Kansas State Troopers’ Association. It’s more important than ever that our leaders support the brave men and women of law enforcement and I will continue to Back the Blue as governor – just as I have throughout my time in public service.”

KSTA represents more than 500 Kansas State Troopers, Law Enforcement Officers, and retirees from the Kansas Highway Patrol. The group joins the Kansas Fraternal Order of Police, National Latino Peace Officers Association, and the National Border Patrol Council as law enforcement organizations endorsing Schmidt for Governor. Schmidt also has been endorsed by more than two dozen current and former Kansas sheriffs.

The endorsement marks the third time in less than two weeks that Schmidt has secured the support of a major Kansas organization that either previously supported Laura Kelly or remained neutral in the 2018 general election for governor. Last week, the Kansas Farm Bureau endorsed Schmidt after declining to make an endorsement in 2018. Earlier in June, the Kansas FOP endorsed Schmidt after previously backing Kelly.

Last month, Schmidt announced a public-safety plan to improve school security and reduce armed violence in Kansas communities. The plan helps more schools hire School Resource Officers and Mental Health Intervention Teams to protect students, provides funds to assist local school districts in securing facilities, improves threat reporting, and strengthens penalties for gun crimes committed by repeat violent felons. Schmidt characterized the plan as “an overall approach that should garner a bipartisan consensus.”