Derek Schmidt was elected the 44th Attorney General for the State of Kansas in 2010 and was reelected in 2014. He is a candidate for a third term in 2018 and is the Republican Party’s nominee.
Attorney General Schmidt intends to build on his strong record of accomplishment, which includes:
- Recovering a record-setting $800 million for Kansas consumers and taxpayers.
- Helping lead the Kansas fight against human trafficking. Since 2011, Kansas has improved to an “A” from an “F” for combating human trafficking according to a respected international organization.
- Fighting crimes against children. Attorney General Schmidt led the effort to establish the Child Victims Unit and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Since 2011, the Attorney General’s Office has made prosecution of the sexual abuse of children, and child-victim homicides, a priority.
- Leading the fight against elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Attorney General Schmidt has reorganized the Office of the Attorney General to place an unprecedented focus on investigating and prosecuting financial, physical and sexual crimes against older Kansans. As the 2017-18 president of the National Association of Attorneys General, Schmidt made fighting elder abuse a national priority.
- Standing against illegal federal overreach. Attorney General Schmidt has successfully challenged numerous federal agency actions that unlawfully inhibit the ability of Kansans to govern ourselves. Prominent examples include blocking the “Waters of the U.S.” regulation from taking effect in Kansas and invalidating illegal provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”
Attorney General Schmidt twice has personally and successfully argued on behalf of Kansas before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also has made service to, and support for, victims of crime a priority. And he overhauled the open government sections of the Office of the Attorney General to improve education and training about transparency laws and to improve enforcement when those laws are violated.
Before serving as Attorney General, Schmidt served 10 years as a Kansas State Senator, the last six as majority leader for the Republican caucus. He previously served as an assistant to Governor Bill Graves and to U.S. Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, and Georgetown University Law Center. Attorney General Schmidt also holds a post-graduate law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
A fifth-generation Kansan from Independence, Attorney General Schmidt and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of two daughters.