June 12, 2024

Trump to Nominate Gov. Brownback for Ambassadorship

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is looking to take an ambassadorship in President Donald Trump’s administration. The White House announced Wednesday that Trump will nominate the Republican governor to serve as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. The chairman of Kansas’ Republican Party says Brownback will be remembered as a governor who advanced conservative goals. But the Senate Democratic leader says Brownback’s legacy will be the budget problems caused by income tax cuts.

Jeff Colyer is preparing to become Kansas governor after nearly a decade of helping fellow conservative Republicans shape health care policy. He has been a loyal lieutenant governor for GOP Gov. Sam Brownback since 2011. He’s also a plastic surgeon who squeezed in international medical relief missions. Colyer would be elevated to governor when Brownback steps down to become President Donald Trump’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.