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|Name = Derek Schmidt
 
|Name = Derek Schmidt
|Profile picture = SchmidtDerek15th.jpg
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|Profile picture = Derek Schmidt.jpg
 
|Position = Attorney General of Kansas
 
|Position = Attorney General of Kansas
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
|Tenure = 2010 - Present
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|Tenure = January 10, 2011 - Present
 
|Term ends = 2014
 
|Term ends = 2014
|Assumed office = 2010
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|Assumed office = 2011
 
|Political party = Republican
 
|Political party = Republican
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|Predecessor=[[Stephen Six]] (D)
 
|Leadership = Kansas Senate Majority Leader
 
|Leadership = Kansas Senate Majority Leader
 
|Years leadership = 2005-2010
 
|Years leadership = 2005-2010
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|Leadership 5 =
 
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|Years leadership 5 =
|Base salary =
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|Base salary =$98,901
 
|Per diem =
 
|Per diem =
 
|Pension =
 
|Pension =
 
|Last election =
 
|Last election =
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|Campaign $ =1,485,523
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|Appointed by =
|First elected =
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|First elected =[[Kansas Attorney General election, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
|Term limits =
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|Term limits =None
|Next election =
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|Next election =[[Kansas attorney general election, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
|Prior office = Kansas State Senate District 15
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|Prior office = [[Kansas State Senate]] District 15
 
|Prior office years = 2000-2010
 
|Prior office years = 2000-2010
 
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|Prior office 2 =
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|High school =Independence High School
 
|Associate's =
 
|Associate's =
 
|Bachelor's = University of Kansas
 
|Bachelor's = University of Kansas
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|Birthday = January 23, 1968
 
|Birthday = January 23, 1968
 
|Place of birth = Independence, Kansas
 
|Place of birth = Independence, Kansas
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|Profession =Lawyer
 
|Religion =
 
|Religion =
 
|Office website = http://www.ksag.org/home/
 
|Office website = http://www.ksag.org/home/
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''Derek Schmidt''' (born January 23, 1968, in Independence, [[Kansas]]) is the current [[Republican]] [[Kansas Attorney General|Attorney General of Kansas]]. Prior to this, he had served as a member of the [[Kansas State Senate|State Senate]] for ten years; for five of these years, specifically from 2005 until 2010, Schmidt held the position of [[Senate Majority Leader]].
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}}{{tnr}}'''Derek Schmidt''' (born January 23, 1968, in Independence, [[Kansas]]) is the current [[Republican]] [[Kansas Attorney General|Attorney General of Kansas]]. Prior to this, he had served as a member of the [[Kansas State Senate|State Senate]] for ten years; for five of these years, from 2005 until 2010, Schmidt held the position of [[Senate Majority Leader]].<ref name="bio">[http://ag.ks.gov/about-the-office/ag-derek-schmidt ''Kansas Attorney General,'' "Attorney General Derek Schmidt," accessed September 15, 2012]</ref>
  
==Education==
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==Biography==
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While in pursuit of his law degree, Schmidt served as an assistant to both former United States Senator Nancy Kassebaum and Senator Chuck Hagel. Once he graduated, he served in a number of public official positions including as an assistant to the [[Kansas Attorney General|state attorney general]] and special counsel to the [[Governor of Kansas|Governor]].<ref name="bio"/>
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Schmidt served as a member of the [[Kansas State Senate]], representing District 15, from 2000-2010. He has worked in private practice for the law firm of Scovel, Emert, Heasty & Chubb.<ref name="bio"/>
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Schmidt has served in a number of other roles, including:
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*Trustee, Eastern [[Kansas]] Branch of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
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*Member, Independence Chamber of Commerce
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*Director, Independence Industries Incorporated
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*Advisory Council, [[Kansas]] Geological Survey
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*Board of Directors, [[Kansas]] Legal Services for Prisoners Incorporated
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*Director, [[Kansas]] State Historical Society
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*Trustee, Leadership [[Kansas]]
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*Community Advisory Committee, Public Television Station KTWU
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*Member, Rotary Club of Independence
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===Education===
 
*Bachelor's degree, University of [[Kansas]] in journalism
 
*Bachelor's degree, University of [[Kansas]] in journalism
 
*Master's degree, University of Leicester in international politics
 
*Master's degree, University of Leicester in international politics
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==Political career==
 
==Political career==
While in pursuit of his law degree, Schmidt served as an assistant to both the former United States Senator Nancy Kassebaum and Senator Chuck Hagel. Once he graduated, he served in a number of public official positions including as an assistant to the [[Kansas Attorney General|state attorney general]] and special counsel to the [[Governor of Kansas|Governor]].
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===Kansas Attorney General (2011-Present)===
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On September 16, 2009, Schmidt announced his candidacy for the [[Kansas Attorney General|statewide office of attorney general]], challenging [[Democratic]] incumbent [[Stephen Six]], who was appointed by then-[[Governor of Kansas|Governor]] Kathleen Sebelius in 2008.<ref>[http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/59566952.html ''WIBW''  "Schmidt Declares For AG's Office" 16 Sept. 2009]</ref> He easily captured the [[Republican]] nomination in the state's primary on Tuesday, [[August 3, 2010 election results|August 3, 2010]], receiving over seventy-six percent of the vote. <ref>[http://www.legalnewsline.com/news/228192-six-has-november-opponent ''Legal Newsline'' "Six has November opponent" 4 Aug. 2010]</ref> Three months later, Schmidt's upset of Six in the general election was just one of several major political victories for the State [[Republican Party]] that included gaining control of both the governorship and the secretary of state office. <ref>[http://cjonline.com/news/state/2010-11-02/schmidt_ousts_six_in_ag_race ''Topeka Capital-Journal'' "Schmidt ousts Six in AG race" 2 Nov. 2010]</ref> He then announced his resignation from the [[Kansas State Senate|State Senate]] effective January 10th, 2010; this, in turn, set in motion "the process for selecting a replacement to serve the remaining two years of his current Senate term." <ref>[http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Schmidt_Resigns_From_Kansas_Senate_108198254.html ''WIBW'' "Schmidt Resigns From Kansas Senate" 15 Nov. 2010]</ref>
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====Healthcare reform====
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:: ''See also: [[State Attorneys General Against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010]]''
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Not long after the dust had settled following the contentious 2010 midterm election, in which [[Democrat]] [[Stephen Six]] was removed from office as the state's top attorney, Schmidt, who was declared the winner of the contest, announced that he expected "to bring the state into a legal challenge to the new federal health care law soon after taking office." <ref>[http://www.kansascity.com/2010/11/16/2440689/incoming-kansas-attorney-general.html ''The Kansas City Star'' "Incoming Kansas AG sees quick jump into health care reform lawsuit" 16 Nov. 2010]</ref> He rebuffed criticism that there was no "legal reason to get involved at all" in the suit, noting that while he expected his office to spend a few thousand dollars on the legal challenge, "the outcome could define the relationship between the states and the federal government for a generation." <ref>[http://cjonline.com/news/state/2010-11-16/schmidt_health_case_a_priority ''The Topeka Capital-Journal'' "Schmidt: Health case a priority" 16 Nov. 2010]</ref>
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Two days after being inaugurated as the state's forty-second attorney general, Schmidt requested that [[Pam Bondi]] (R), the [[Florida Attorney General|Attorney General of Florida]], who was also elected to office for the first time in the 2010 midterm elections, to "file a motion to allow [[Kansas]] to join the 20 states that originally brought the lawsuit" against the federal government over the health care reform law. <ref>[http://www.ktka.com/news/2011/jan/12/kansas-attorney-general-schmidt-asks-join-lawsuit-/ ''KTKA 49 News'' "Kansas Attorney General Schmidt asks to join lawsuit against health care law" 12 Jan. 2010]</ref>
  
===State Senate===
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===Kansas State Senate (2000-2010)===
 
====Committee assignments====
 
====Committee assignments====
 
Senator Schmidt served on the following [[Kansas State Legislature|legislative committees]] during his tenure:
 
Senator Schmidt served on the following [[Kansas State Legislature|legislative committees]] during his tenure:
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* Legislative spending restraint
 
* Legislative spending restraint
  
He had also sponsored/co-sponsored these pieces of legislations:
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He also sponsored/co-sponsored these pieces of legislation:
 
* Senate Bill 584 to consolidate the food inspections agencies,  
 
* Senate Bill 584 to consolidate the food inspections agencies,  
 
* Senate Bill 531 to increase K-12 educational funding,  
 
* Senate Bill 531 to increase K-12 educational funding,  
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* Senate Sub. for HB 2006 to create incentives for the aviation industry
 
* Senate Sub. for HB 2006 to create incentives for the aviation industry
  
===Attorney General===
 
On September 16, 2009, Schmidt announced his candidacy for the [[Kansas Attorney General|statewide office of attorney general]], challenging [[Democratic]] incumbent [[Stephen Six]], who was appointed by then-[[Governor of Kansas|Governor]] Kathleen Sebelius in 2008. <ref>[http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/59566952.html ''WIBW''  "Schmidt Declares For AG's Office" 16 Sept. 2009]</ref> He easily captured the [[Republican]] nomination in the state's primary on Tuesday, [[August 3, 2010 election results|August 3, 2010]], receiving over seventy-six percent of the vote. <ref>[http://www.legalnewsline.com/news/228192-six-has-november-opponent ''Legal Newsline'' "Six has November opponent" 4 Aug. 2010]</ref> Three months later, Schmidt's upset of Six in the general election was just one of several major political victories for the State [[Republican Party]] that included gaining control of both the governorship and the secretary of state office. <ref>[http://cjonline.com/news/state/2010-11-02/schmidt_ousts_six_in_ag_race ''Topeka Capital-Journal'' "Schmidt ousts Six in AG race" 2 Nov. 2010]</ref> He then announced his resignation from the [[Kansas State Senate|State Senate]] effective January 10th, 2010; this, in turn, set in motion "the process for selecting a replacement to serve the remaining two years of his current Senate term." <ref>[http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Schmidt_Resigns_From_Kansas_Senate_108198254.html ''WIBW'' "Schmidt Resigns From Kansas Senate" 15 Nov. 2010]</ref>
 
 
==Controversies==
 
 
====KTRM support====
 
====KTRM support====
The State Senate Majority Leader in 2008 "approved of the donation of thousands of dollars of Senate [[Republican]] Leadership PAC money" to the [[Kansas]] Traditional [[Republican]] Majority (KTRM), "a small but well-funded group of Republicans who support judicial activism, oppose school choice, support tax increases, and are generally liberal on social issues." <ref>[http://www.kansasprogress.com/wordpress/index.php/2009/07/23/editorial-derek-schmidt-still-needs-to-answer-for-intolerant-attacks-on-religious-conservatives/ ''Kansas Progress'' "Editorial: Derek Schmidt still needs to answer why he funded attacks on religious conservatives" 23 July, 2009]</ref> <ref>[http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=27891 ''Human Events'' "Stop Whitey and the Jews" 5 Aug. 2008]</ref> Additionally, KTRM has often targeted conservative [[Republican|Republicans]] during heated primary contests, even going so far as to label them as "racists" as they did in August 2008 to former Congressman Jim Ryun and Phill Kline for their association with the Family Research Council Action (FRCA); KTRM had claimed that the group's executive director, Tony Perkins, had "ties to the Ku Klux Klan and other white-supremacist organizations." <ref>[http://kcnewswatch.com/KIline%20and%20Ryun%20Unmasked.htm ''KC News Watch'' "Kline and Ryun Unmasked: Linked to Ku Klux Klan, Traditional Republicans Demand Answers" 1 Aug. 2008]</ref> <ref>[http://www.redstate.com/erick/2008/08/04/the-battle-for-the-kansas-republican-party-ju/ ''Red State'' "The battle for the Kansas Republican Party just got very ugly" 4 Aug. 2008]</ref>
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Schmidt, serving as [[State Senate Majority Leader]] in 2008, "approved of the donation of thousands of dollars of Senate [[Republican]] Leadership PAC money" to the [[Kansas]] Traditional [[Republican]] Majority (KTRM), "a small but well-funded group of Republicans who support judicial activism, oppose school choice, support tax increases, and are generally liberal on social issues." <ref>[http://www.kansasprogress.com/wordpress/index.php/2009/07/23/editorial-derek-schmidt-still-needs-to-answer-for-intolerant-attacks-on-religious-conservatives/ ''Kansas Progress'' "Editorial: Derek Schmidt still needs to answer why he funded attacks on religious conservatives" 23 July, 2009]</ref> <ref>[http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=27891 ''Human Events'' "Stop Whitey and the Jews" 5 Aug. 2008]</ref> Additionally, KTRM has often targeted conservative [[Republican|Republicans]] during heated primary contests, even going so far as to label them as "racists" as they did in August 2008 to former Congressman Jim Ryun and Phill Kline for their association with the Family Research Council Action (FRCA); KTRM had claimed that the group's executive director, Tony Perkins, had "ties to the Ku Klux Klan and other white-supremacist organizations." <ref>[http://kcnewswatch.com/KIline%20and%20Ryun%20Unmasked.htm ''KC News Watch'' "Kline and Ryun Unmasked: Linked to Ku Klux Klan, Traditional Republicans Demand Answers" 1 Aug. 2008]</ref> <ref>[http://www.redstate.com/erick/2008/08/04/the-battle-for-the-kansas-republican-party-ju/ ''Red State'' "The battle for the Kansas Republican Party just got very ugly" 4 Aug. 2008]</ref>
  
 
====Tax increases====
 
====Tax increases====
 
Though Schmidt advocated during the course of his attorney general campaign that he had protected state taxpayers throughout his state senatorial career, a local newspaper, ''The Kansas Free Press'', revealed that his argument was not entirely accurate. When the state faced a $300 million budget shortfall in 2002, a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans, Senator Schmidt among them, passed a $252 million tax increase that included "a sales tax increase, an inheritance tax increase, a cigarette tax, and an increased franchise tax for businesses, among other things." <ref name=kfp>[http://www.kansasfreepress.com/2010/05/derek-schmidts-defunding-of-law-enforcement.html ''Kansas Free Press'' "Derek Schmidt Tried to Defund Law Enforcement" 21 May, 2010]</ref> State legislators who pushed for the tax increase argued that the decision was made in order to prevent massive cuts to education, social services, highways and law enforcement.
 
Though Schmidt advocated during the course of his attorney general campaign that he had protected state taxpayers throughout his state senatorial career, a local newspaper, ''The Kansas Free Press'', revealed that his argument was not entirely accurate. When the state faced a $300 million budget shortfall in 2002, a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans, Senator Schmidt among them, passed a $252 million tax increase that included "a sales tax increase, an inheritance tax increase, a cigarette tax, and an increased franchise tax for businesses, among other things." <ref name=kfp>[http://www.kansasfreepress.com/2010/05/derek-schmidts-defunding-of-law-enforcement.html ''Kansas Free Press'' "Derek Schmidt Tried to Defund Law Enforcement" 21 May, 2010]</ref> State legislators who pushed for the tax increase argued that the decision was made in order to prevent massive cuts to education, social services, highways and law enforcement.
  
==Issue positions==
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==Elections==
====Healthcare reform====
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===2010===
:: ''See also: [[State Attorneys General Against Obamacare]]''
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::''See also: [[Kansas Attorney General election, 2010]]''
  
Not long after the dust had settled following the contentious 2010 midterm election, in which [[Democrat]] [[Stephen Six]] was removed from office as the state's top attorney, former [[Republican]] State Senator Derek Schmidt, who was declared the winner of the contest, announced that he expected "to bring the state into a legal challenge to the new federal health care law soon after taking office." <ref>[http://www.kansascity.com/2010/11/16/2440689/incoming-kansas-attorney-general.html ''The Kansas City Star'' "Incoming Kansas AG sees quick jump into health care reform lawsuit" 16 Nov. 2010]</ref> He rebuffed criticism that there was no "legal reason to get involved at all" in the suit, noting that while he expected his office a few thousand dollars on the legal challenge, "the outcome could define the relationship between the states and the federal government for a generation." <ref>[http://cjonline.com/news/state/2010-11-16/schmidt_health_case_a_priority ''The Topeka Capital-Journal'' "Schmidt: Health case a priority" 16 Nov. 2010]</ref>
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Schmidt won election as [[Kansas Attorney General]] in the November 2010 general election, defeating Democrat [[Steve Six]] and Libertarian Dennis Hawver.
  
Two days after being inaugurated as the state's forty-second attorney general, Schmidt requested that [[Pam Bondi]], the [[Florida Attorney General|Attorney General of Florida]], who was also elected to office for the first time in the 2010 midterm elections, to "file a motion to allow [[Kansas]] to join the 20 states that originally brought the lawsuit" against the federal government over the health care reform law. <ref>[http://www.ktka.com/news/2011/jan/12/kansas-attorney-general-schmidt-asks-join-lawsuit-/ ''KTKA 49 News'' "Kansas Attorney General Schmidt asks to join lawsuit against health care law" 12 Jan. 2010]</ref>
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==Other roles==
 
*Trustee, Eastern [[Kansas]] Branch of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
 
*Member, Independence Chamber of Commerce
 
*Director, Independence Industries Incorporated
 
*Advisory Council, [[Kansas]] Geological Survey
 
*Board of Directors, [[Kansas]] Legal Services for Prisoners Incorporated
 
*Director, [[Kansas]] State Historical Society
 
*Trustee, Leadership [[Kansas]]
 
*Community Advisory Committee, Public Television Station KTWU
 
*Member, Rotary Club of Independence
 
  
==Campaign contributions==
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===2008===
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According to ''Follow the Money'', Schmidt raised '''$119,229''' in 2008 for his state senatorial campaign. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=108155 Follow the Money - Campaign Contributions for Derek Schmidt, 2008]</ref>
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Listed below are the top five contributors:
 
  
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===2008===
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Schmidt won re-election to [[Kansas State Senate]] District 15. He was unopposed in both the general election and primary.<ref>[http://www.kssos.org/elections/08elec/2008_General_Official_Results.pdf ''Kansas Secretary of State,'' "2008 general election results," accessed August 28, 2012]</ref>
| [[Kansas]] Association of Realtors
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| [[Kansas]] Contractors Association
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| WATCO Companies
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| [[Kansas]] Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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| Koch Industries
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===2010===
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{{Election box 2008
According to ''Follow the Money'', Schmidt raised '''$233,352''' in 2010 for his state attorney general campaign. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=126829 Follow the Money - Campaign Contributions for Derek Schmidt, 2010]</ref>
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| John Deere & Co.
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| John D. Pinegar
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| BF & Rojo, LLC
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| Paula Downing
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==Elections==
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===2000===
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===2004===
 
===2004===
*'''2004 Race for [[Kansas State Senate|State Senate]], District 15 - [[Republican]] Primary and General Election'''
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Schmidt won re-election to [[Kansas State Senate]] District 15. He was unopposed in both the general election and primary.<ref>[http://www.kssos.org/elections/04elec/2004GeneralOfficialResults.pdf ''Kansas Secretary of State,'' "2004 general election results," accessed August 28, 2012]</ref>
**Derek Schmidt ran unopposed in both contests
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===2008===
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{{Election box 2004
*'''2008 Race for [[Kansas State Senate|State Senate]], District 15 - [[Republican]] Primary and General Election''' <ref>[http://www.kssos.org/elections/08elec/2008ElectionOfficialVoteTotals.pdf Kansas Secretary of State - 2008 Primary Election Results]</ref> <ref>[http://www.kssos.org/elections/08elec/2008_General_Official_Results.pdf Kansas Secretary of State - 2008 General Election Results]</ref>
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===2010===
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===2000===
::''See also: [[Kansas Attorney General election, 2010]]''
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Schmidt won election to [[Kansas State Senate]] District 15, defeating Democrat Johnetta C. Shelton in the November general election.<ref>[http://www.kssos.org/elections/elmpast/2kgwin1.html ''Kansas Secretary of State,'' "2000 general election results," accessed August 28, 2012]</ref>
  
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==Campaign donors==
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Derek Schmidt
Derek Schmidt.jpg
Attorney General of Kansas
Incumbent
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
2014
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorStephen Six (D)
Leadership
Kansas Senate Majority Leader
2005-2010
Compensation
Base salary$98,901
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,485,523
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Kansas State Senate District 15
2000-2010
Education
High schoolIndependence High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kansas
Master'sUniversity of Leicester
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 23, 1968
Place of birthIndependence, Kansas
ProfessionLawyer
Websites
Office website
Derek Schmidt (born January 23, 1968, in Independence, Kansas) is the current Republican Attorney General of Kansas. Prior to this, he had served as a member of the State Senate for ten years; for five of these years, from 2005 until 2010, Schmidt held the position of Senate Majority Leader.[1]

Biography

While in pursuit of his law degree, Schmidt served as an assistant to both former United States Senator Nancy Kassebaum and Senator Chuck Hagel. Once he graduated, he served in a number of public official positions including as an assistant to the state attorney general and special counsel to the Governor.[1]

Schmidt served as a member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 15, from 2000-2010. He has worked in private practice for the law firm of Scovel, Emert, Heasty & Chubb.[1]

Schmidt has served in a number of other roles, including:

  • Trustee, Eastern Kansas Branch of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Member, Independence Chamber of Commerce
  • Director, Independence Industries Incorporated
  • Advisory Council, Kansas Geological Survey
  • Board of Directors, Kansas Legal Services for Prisoners Incorporated
  • Director, Kansas State Historical Society
  • Trustee, Leadership Kansas
  • Community Advisory Committee, Public Television Station KTWU
  • Member, Rotary Club of Independence

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, University of Kansas in journalism
  • Master's degree, University of Leicester in international politics
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Georgetown University Law Center

Political career

Kansas Attorney General (2011-Present)

On September 16, 2009, Schmidt announced his candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, challenging Democratic incumbent Stephen Six, who was appointed by then-Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2008.[2] He easily captured the Republican nomination in the state's primary on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, receiving over seventy-six percent of the vote. [3] Three months later, Schmidt's upset of Six in the general election was just one of several major political victories for the State Republican Party that included gaining control of both the governorship and the secretary of state office. [4] He then announced his resignation from the State Senate effective January 10th, 2010; this, in turn, set in motion "the process for selecting a replacement to serve the remaining two years of his current Senate term." [5]

Healthcare reform

See also: State Attorneys General Against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010

Not long after the dust had settled following the contentious 2010 midterm election, in which Democrat Stephen Six was removed from office as the state's top attorney, Schmidt, who was declared the winner of the contest, announced that he expected "to bring the state into a legal challenge to the new federal health care law soon after taking office." [6] He rebuffed criticism that there was no "legal reason to get involved at all" in the suit, noting that while he expected his office to spend a few thousand dollars on the legal challenge, "the outcome could define the relationship between the states and the federal government for a generation." [7]

Two days after being inaugurated as the state's forty-second attorney general, Schmidt requested that Pam Bondi (R), the Attorney General of Florida, who was also elected to office for the first time in the 2010 midterm elections, to "file a motion to allow Kansas to join the 20 states that originally brought the lawsuit" against the federal government over the health care reform law. [8]

Kansas State Senate (2000-2010)

Committee assignments

Senator Schmidt served on the following legislative committees during his tenure:

Policy Positions

State Senator Derek Schmidt supported the following issues:

  • Increased state funding for education
  • Increased eligibility of children for health care
  • Nuclear-powered energy
  • Tougher punishments for repeat felons
  • Legislative spending restraint

He also sponsored/co-sponsored these pieces of legislation:

  • Senate Bill 584 to consolidate the food inspections agencies,
  • Senate Bill 531 to increase K-12 educational funding,
  • House Sub. for SB 81 to increase child health care,
  • Senate Bill 586 to create financial incentives for nuclear power plant expansion,
  • House Bill 2707 to create tougher punishments for three-time thieves,
  • Senate Sub. for HB 2006 to create incentives for the aviation industry

KTRM support

Schmidt, serving as State Senate Majority Leader in 2008, "approved of the donation of thousands of dollars of Senate Republican Leadership PAC money" to the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority (KTRM), "a small but well-funded group of Republicans who support judicial activism, oppose school choice, support tax increases, and are generally liberal on social issues." [10] [11] Additionally, KTRM has often targeted conservative Republicans during heated primary contests, even going so far as to label them as "racists" as they did in August 2008 to former Congressman Jim Ryun and Phill Kline for their association with the Family Research Council Action (FRCA); KTRM had claimed that the group's executive director, Tony Perkins, had "ties to the Ku Klux Klan and other white-supremacist organizations." [12] [13]

Tax increases

Though Schmidt advocated during the course of his attorney general campaign that he had protected state taxpayers throughout his state senatorial career, a local newspaper, The Kansas Free Press, revealed that his argument was not entirely accurate. When the state faced a $300 million budget shortfall in 2002, a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans, Senator Schmidt among them, passed a $252 million tax increase that included "a sales tax increase, an inheritance tax increase, a cigarette tax, and an increased franchise tax for businesses, among other things." [14] State legislators who pushed for the tax increase argued that the decision was made in order to prevent massive cuts to education, social services, highways and law enforcement.

Elections

2010

See also: Kansas Attorney General election, 2010

Schmidt won election as Kansas Attorney General in the November 2010 general election, defeating Democrat Steve Six and Libertarian Dennis Hawver.

Kansas Attorney General, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Schmidt 54.9% 458,497
     Democratic Steve Six 41.9% 349,340
     Libertarian Dennis Hawver 3.2% 26,867
Total Votes 834,704
Election Results Via: Kansas Secretary of State


Kansas Attorney General, Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Schmidt 76.4% 208,611
Ralph J. De Zago 23.6% 64,493
Total Votes 273,104
Election Results Via:Kansas Secretary of State.


2008

Schmidt won re-election to Kansas State Senate District 15. He was unopposed in both the general election and primary.[15]

Kansas State Senate, District 15 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Schmidt Incumbent 100% 24,259
Total Votes 24,259

2004

Schmidt won re-election to Kansas State Senate District 15. He was unopposed in both the general election and primary.[16]

Kansas State Senate, District 15 General Election, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Schmidt Incumbent 100% 24,307
Total Votes 24,307

2000

Schmidt won election to Kansas State Senate District 15, defeating Democrat Johnetta C. Shelton in the November general election.[17]

Kansas State Senate, District 15 General Election, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Schmidt 73.4% 17,230
     Democratic Johnetta C. Shelton 26.6% 6,240
Total Votes 23,470

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schmidt is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Schmidt raised a total of $1,485,523 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[18]

Derek Schmidt's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas Attorney General Not up for election $289,904
2010 Kansas State Senate District 15* Not up for election $650
2010 Kansas Attorney General* Won $852,754
2008 Kansas State Senate District 15 Won $119,229
2006 Kansas State Senate District 15 Not up for election $75,053
2004 Kansas State Senate District 15 Won $69,184
2002 Kansas State Senate District 15 Not up for election $16,548
2000 Kansas State Senate District 15 Won $62,201
Grand Total Raised $1,485,523
*Schmidt filed paperwork for both Attorney General and the State Senate in 2010. He was only running for Attorney General that year.

2000-2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Derek Schmidt's donors each year.[19] Click [show] for more information.


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Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Kansas

Kansas Attorney General
Memorial Hall, 2nd Floor
120 Southwest 10th Street
Topeka, KS 66612

Phone: (785) 296-2215
Toll Free Phone: (888) 428-8436
Fax: (785) 296-6296
E-mail: general@ksag.org

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kansas Attorney General, "Attorney General Derek Schmidt," accessed September 15, 2012
  2. WIBW "Schmidt Declares For AG's Office" 16 Sept. 2009
  3. Legal Newsline "Six has November opponent" 4 Aug. 2010
  4. Topeka Capital-Journal "Schmidt ousts Six in AG race" 2 Nov. 2010
  5. WIBW "Schmidt Resigns From Kansas Senate" 15 Nov. 2010
  6. The Kansas City Star "Incoming Kansas AG sees quick jump into health care reform lawsuit" 16 Nov. 2010
  7. The Topeka Capital-Journal "Schmidt: Health case a priority" 16 Nov. 2010
  8. KTKA 49 News "Kansas Attorney General Schmidt asks to join lawsuit against health care law" 12 Jan. 2010
  9. Kansas State Senate - List of Standing Committees
  10. Kansas Progress "Editorial: Derek Schmidt still needs to answer why he funded attacks on religious conservatives" 23 July, 2009
  11. Human Events "Stop Whitey and the Jews" 5 Aug. 2008
  12. KC News Watch "Kline and Ryun Unmasked: Linked to Ku Klux Klan, Traditional Republicans Demand Answers" 1 Aug. 2008
  13. Red State "The battle for the Kansas Republican Party just got very ugly" 4 Aug. 2008
  14. Kansas Free Press "Derek Schmidt Tried to Defund Law Enforcement" 21 May, 2010
  15. Kansas Secretary of State, "2008 general election results," accessed August 28, 2012
  16. Kansas Secretary of State, "2004 general election results," accessed August 28, 2012
  17. Kansas Secretary of State, "2000 general election results," accessed August 28, 2012
  18. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Derek Scmidt," accessed July 11, 2013
  19. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Emert
Kansas Senate - District 15
2000–2010
Succeeded by
Jeff King (R)
Preceded by
Stephen Six (D)
Kansas Attorney General
2011–present
Succeeded by
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