State Sen. Molly Baumgardner endorses AG Derek Schmidt for Governor

TOPEKA – (April 30, 2021) – State Sen. Molly Baumgardner (R-Louisburg), who represents parts of Johnson and Miami Counties, led the Value the Both Amendment through the Senate, and Chairs of the Senate Education Committee, announced her endorsement of Attorney General Derek Schmidt for Governor of Kansas on Friday.

“Derek is a proven fighter for children and families. I’m a fourth generation educator who taught at the high school level for seven years, and I now serve as the communications coordinator at Johnson County Community College. As the current chair of the State Senate Education Committee, I always fight for what’s best for our Kansas students. And I’m here to tell you that Derek Schmidt does too – He’s proven it over his many years of service to our state and its children.

“Derek will stand up for our rural communities. He knows the ins and outs of our legislature. While he was in the Senate, Derek served as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He’s seen the priorities of Kansas farmers and ranchers and knows how to fight for them.

“Derek Schmidt is a proven fighter for the unborn. As Attorney General, Derek Schmidt has defended pro-life laws against legal challenges and argued that no right to abortion exists under the Kansas Constitution. This year, I’ve led the fight for the Value Them Both amendment in the Kansas Senate, making way for basic abortion regulations to protect the lives of babies and mothers throughout our state. I know how valuable the right to life is and so does Derek.

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.”

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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.

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