Meet Derek Schmidt
As Kansas’ attorney general and chief law enforcement officer, Derek has made it his mission to serve and protect Kansas citizens – especially the most vulnerable. He’s stopped scam artists and abusers from preying on seniors, prosecuted crimes against children, and backed the honorable men and women in law enforcement. He has recovered record-setting amounts of money for Kansas consumers and taxpayers, and has stood strong against federal overreach.
He has helped lead the Kansas fight against human trafficking, toughened penalties for stealing taxpayer money, made fighting elder abuse and exploitation a priority, and built a long-overdue modern forensic science laboratory for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation so Kansas law enforcement can keep our communities safe.
Derek Schmidt was elected the 44th attorney general of Kansas in 2010 and was reelected in 2014 and 2018. He is the state’s second longest-serving attorney general, and in 2018 received more votes than any other candidate for attorney general in Kansas history.
Schmidt has personally and successfully argued three Kansas cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He took the Obama-Biden administration to court – and won. And he defended President Trump’s America First policies that grew jobs, promoted freedom and made our economy strong.
Schmidt has been honored with the Criminal Justice Professional of the Year Award from the Wichita Crime Commission, the Friend of Law Enforcement Award from the Kansas Sheriffs Association, the Policy Maker of the Year Award from the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association, and the Guardian of Small Business Award from the Kansas chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. He served as the 2017-2018 president of the National Association of Attorneys General where he led a campaign against elder abuse, and was named the nation’s outstanding Attorney General for 2019.
Before being elected attorney general, Schmidt served as a Kansas State Senator representing part of Southeast Kansas, as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and as the Senate Majority Leader.
A strong supporter of personal responsibility, individual freedoms and the Constitution, Derek Schmidt is a conservative who believes in building a climate of opportunity for all Kansans and protecting traditional values like religious freedom, the rule of law, life, freedom to speak openly, and the Second Amendment.
Derek believes in a Kansas future where hard work is rewarded, where the question is how to grow Kansas and not government, and where the state works efficiently and effectively.
Derek is running for governor to bring common sense and conservative leadership back to Kansas.
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A native of Kansas, Derek and his family have called Kansas home since the 1860s when a young Union soldier named Peter Schmidt made his life in Southeast Kansas after the Civil War.
For five generations, the Schmidts have helped build Kansas as metalworkers and farmers, teachers and miners, and small business owners.
Attorney General Schmidt is a graduate of Independence High School and studied at Independence Community College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, his master’s degree in international politics from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and his doctorate in law from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Schmidt and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of two daughters.
Derek believes there’s no better place to live, work and raise a family than Kansas, and that each generation must leave Kansas better than they found it.