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Brownback Will Step Down As Governor On Wednesday

Gov. Sam Brownback will resign from his office next week.
Gage Skidmore, flickr Creative Commons

Sam Brownback plans to step down as Kansas governor on Wednesday following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to an ambassador's post.

Brownback sent a letter of resignation Thursday to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, detailing his plan to step down next week at 3 p.m. Fellow Republican Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will be elevated to governor.

Colyer's office said in a news release later Thursday that he will be sworn in at 3 p.m. in a ceremony in the Capitol rotunda.

The Senate voted 50-49 along party lines Tuesday to confirm Brownback's appointment by President Donald Trump as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie to ensure Brownback's confirmation.

Brownback is a former U.S. senator who was elected governor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, both times with Colyer on his ticket.

Colyer is a candidate for governor in 2018.