Did Governor Sam Brownback Resign And What Does This Mean For Kansas

Word spread on Wednesday evening that Governor Sam Brownback has resigned from his position as governor

  • President Donald Trump formally nominated Brownback for the position of the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom

  • If the Senate confirms the nomination officials believe Brownback will resign from his position as governor

  • Lieutenant Governor of Kansas Jeffrey William “Jeff” Colyer will become governor if Brownback resigns

Kansans rejoiced on social media at the announcement of failed Governor Sam Brownback possibly resigning to take on the position of State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

It was announced on Wednesday that President Donald Trump formally nominated Brownback for the position. Once confirmed by the Senate, officials expect Brownback to resign from his position as Governor of Kansas. Brownback’s office was not willing to comment on plans on Wednesday evening.

International Religious Freedom Act of 1998

The position Brownback is looking at was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. Bob Seiple acted as the first ambassador-at-large from 1999 to 2001. Seiple was followed by John Hanford, who served from 2002 to 2009. Suzan Johnson Cook served the roll from 2011 to 2013.

On July 28, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Rabbi David Saperstein for the position. Saperstein was confirmed into office by the Senate on December 15, 2014, marking the first non-Christian to hold the position.

The ambassador-at-large is in charge of the Office of International Religious Freedom in the US Department of State.

Jeffrey William “Jeff” Colyer

If Brownback does resign as governor, his position will be filled by the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas Jeffrey William “Jeff” Colyer, which would still keep the struggling State of Kansas in the vicious death grip the Republican Party currently holds.

Since Brownback assumed office in 2011, things have taken a turn for the worse in the Sunflower State. Brownback will be leaving the education system, along with many other areas of Kansas economics, desperately grasping for breath.

If Brownback does resign Coyler is faced with a choice to either double down and continue dragging the state down Brownback’s failed fiscal path, or distance himself from anything the former governor has done in an attempt to give the state a fresh start.

It is hard to say which path Coyer will make when faced with the future of the State of Kansas. Residents can only hope Coyler takes into consideration that Brownback managed to just barely escape the lowest approval rate for governors in the country with a 27% approval rating. Governor Chris Christie just barely stole the throne of lowest approval rating from Brownback with a 25% approval rating.

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