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Brownback's Ambassadorship Role Could Be Larger Than Expected

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As the U.S. State Department is reorganized, the job Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is poised to take on could get bigger.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Congress on Monday that he plans to scrap dozens of special envoys and diplomatic positions.

The office Brownback has been tapped for – ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom – will absorb four of the offices that are being eliminated, along with their staff and nearly $2 million in resources.

Those diplomats have liaised with religious minorities in parts of Asia, Muslim communities and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Before becoming ambassador, Brownback still needs Senate confirmation.