The Attorneys General
Derek Schmidt (R)
Kansas Attorney General
Derek Schmidt was elected the 44th attorney general of Kansas and took office January 10, 2011. As attorney general, he has made priorities providing quality legal services for the State of Kansas and standing up for public safety, economic growth and personal liberty.
Before being elected attorney general, Schmidt served 10 years as a Kansas State Senator representing the 15th district in Southeast Kansas.
The last six years, he served as majority leader for the Senate Republican Caucus. During his service in the Senate, Schmidt served as chairman of the Agriculture Committee, the Confirmations Oversight Committee, the Legislative Post Audit Committee, and the Special Committee on Medicaid Reform. He served as vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee, the Assessment and Taxation Committee and the Committee on Organization Calendar and Rules. He also worked in the private practice of law with the Independence firm Scovel Emert Heasty & Chubb.
Before being elected to the Senate, Schmidt served as special counsel and legislative liaison to Governor Bill Graves. Prior to that he served as an assistant Kansas attorney general for consumer protection, as legislative assistant to Senate Nancy Landon Kassebaum, and as legislative director and general counsel to U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel.
Schmidt is a graduate of Independence High School and studied at Independence Community College. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, his master's degree in international politics from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Schmidt is a Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership with the Aspen Institute.
In 2006, he was the first Simons Public Humanities Fellow at the University of Kansas. He has been a Henry Toll fellow with the Council of State Governments and is a graduate of the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development and of Leadership Kansas. He was honored with the Friend of Law Enforcement Award from the Kansas Sheriff's Association for his work to enact the Sheriff Matt Samuels Chemical Control Act. His work to improve the business climate in Kansas was recognized with the Guardian of Small Business Award from the Kansas chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.
Schmidt and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of two young daughters.