Spotlight: Kansas AG Derek Schmidt

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Areas of focus since taking office have included:

  1. Improving the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, a division of the AG’s office dedicated to providing professional investigative, laboratory and criminal justice information services to criminal justice agencies for the purpose of promoting public safety and preventing crime in Kansas.
  2. Keeping Kansans updated on consumer matters with the Consumer Corner Column.
  3. Getting the state’s Human Trafficking Advisory Board off the ground, as well as improving the state’s criminal laws and raising awareness of human trafficking.

Professional background: AG Schmidt assumed office as Attorney General of Kansas in 2011. Prior to his election, AG Schmidt was Senate Majority Leader in the Kansas State Senate, having served in the Kansas legislature since 2000. After  graduating law school, AG Schmidt served in a number of public positions, including as an assistant to the Kansas Attorney General and special counsel to the Governor. He also worked in private practice.

In March 2021 AG Schmidt announced his intent to run for governor of Kansas in the 2022 race.

Education: AG Schmidt received a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in international politics from the University of Leicester in England, and his J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Personal: A fifth generation Kansan, AG Schmidt and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of two daughters.