Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announces resignation

Posted January 26, 2018

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Brownback as ambassador-at-large for global religious freedom in a vote Thursday. His departure will automatically elevate fellow Republican Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer to governor.

Brownback has been criticized in his home state because of many actions he took as governor, the Star reports.

Two Republican dissenters would be enough to sink his nomination if every Democrat opposed Brownback.

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Very soon, Gov. Sam Brownback will be Ambassador Sam Brownback.

As Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, headed into Brownback's confirmation vote, he was asked about the opposition to Brownback, which is unusual for nominees who are former senators.

"I can not in good faith support the confirmation of someone as ambassador-at-large for religious freedom who does not believe that all individuals are created equally in God's image", he said. He also ran in the 2008 US presidential election, was a state senator and two-term state governor. Arizona Sen. John McCain, who is battling cancer, remains out.

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The Helsinki Commission monitors compliance with global agreements reached in cooperation with Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He led the effort to enact the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 which was central to the movement to combat human trafficking. President Bill Clinton signed the legislation into law in October 2000.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, argued on the Senate floor Wednesday that Brownback's answer was insufficient.

Kansas GOP Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts also voted to confirm Brownback's nomination and published statements hailing the vote's result. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, praised the choice of Brownback, saying he is "exactly the man we need out there, everywhere, doing this work, right now" on religious freedom issues. Others argued that the International Religious Freedom office will be significantly larger, and the change does not suggest that the Trump administration is uninterested in the subject. 21Wilberforce President Randel Everett noted, "Ambassador Saperstein's leadership has been an invaluable asset and he has furthered the cause for religious freedom around the globe".

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Brownback, and his wife, Mary, have been married for over 30 years.