18 Nov Wichita Republican Mike Pompeo Selected As Central Intelligence Agency Director
President-elect Donald Trump announced his nomination Friday of U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Wichita Republican, for Central Intelligence Agency director.
“He has served our country with honor and spent his life fighting for the security of our citizens,” Trump said in a statement, calling the congressman “a brilliant and unrelenting leader” for the intelligence community.
Pompeo, 52, was first elected to Congress during a conservative wave in 2010 and has been re-elected by wide margins every two years since. A special election will be held to choose his successor.
“This was a difficult decision,” Pompeo said of accepting the nomination. “I have genuinely loved representing the people of Kansas in Congress — working to make our community stronger and more prosperous. But ultimately the opportunity to lead the world’s finest intelligence warriors, who labor tirelessly to keep this nation and Kansas safe, is a call to service I cannot ignore.”
Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican and former senator, called Pompeo “a wonderful pick” and predicted he will likely be confirmed by the Senate.
“I think so, but nothing’s easy anymore,” Brownback said. “Mike was number one in his class at West Point. He was number one in his class at Harvard. He’s been a congressman. He’s been on the Intelligence Committee. He’s smart and tough. I think it’s a tremendous pick by the incoming Trump administration.”