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Governor Brownback Tight-Lipped on Possible Job in Rome

Governor Sam Brownback speaks at the Statehouse while Lt. Jeff Governor Colyer looks on. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is staying tight-lipped about whether he might take a job as an ambassador in Italy. The job, which would be based in Rome, is an ambassadorship to U.N. food and humanitarian groups.

KPR reported that Brownback may be in line for the position in the administration of President Donald Trump, but Brownback Thursday wouldn’t confirm or deny that.

“I’m just not going to make comments about any of that,” said Brownback. “I’m glad to see the administration off to a good start on job creation and security issues.

Brownback also wouldn’t comment when asked if he’d serve through the end of the 2017 legislative session, but he did say he’s committed to tackling issues like the state budget and school funding.

Brownback was flanked by Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer when a reporter asked if his experience made him a good fit for the job.

“I believe in humanitarian issues. I think they're important,” said Brownback. “Both Jeff (Colyer) and I have worked with that. Those are the sort of things, a lot of what draws us into public service.”

If Brownback were to leave, Lt. Governor Colyer would take the helm of the executive branch. He was also mum about possibilities of a change in the governor’s office.

“I’m just focusing on my job,” said Colyer.  

Stephen Koranda has more:


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