Pompeo Says He's 'Ruled Out' Kansas Senate Bid In 2020

Feb 21, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears to be ruling out a Kansas Senate race in 2020.

Pompeo, who represented Kansas' 4th Congressional District from 2011 to 2017, says he'll serve as secretary of state as long as President Donald Trump wants him to.

Pompeo was asked on NBC's "Today" show Thursday if he's interested in running for the Senate and replied, "I love doing what I'm doing." When an interviewer said Pompeo sounded as though he wasn't ruling it out, Pompeo said, "It's ruled out."

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas announced last month that he would not seek re-election in 2020. Roberts, 82, has served in the Senate since 1996. Before that, he spent 16 years in the House, representing the 1st District.

The Republican primary race for his seat is expected to be crowded, with a number of politicians indicating an interest in running.

Pompeo represented Wichita in Congress before Trump named him to lead the CIA in January 2017. A little more than a year later, he became Secretary of State, replacing Rex Tillerson.