Attorney General Derek Schmidt was raised in Independence and is a fifth-generation Kansan whose ancestors settled in Kansas after fighting for the Union Army in the Civil War.
In 2010, Derek defeated an incumbent Democrat to be elected Kansas Attorney General and has been reelected twice; in 2018, he received more votes than any other candidate for attorney general in Kansas history. Before that, he represented Southeast Kansas for 10 years in the State Senate, where he served as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and later as the Republican majority leader. In total, he has won 12 public elections and two legislative leadership elections in Kansas – and never lost.
As attorney general, Derek has focused on combating elder abuse, fighting human trafficking, and strengthening the prosecution of crimes against children. He’s successfully led Kansas in numerous lawsuits against the Obama and now Biden administrations. He defended President Trump’s America First policies that grew jobs, promoted freedom and made our economy strong. He is undefeated in three cases he personally argued for Kansas before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Derek and his wife Jennifer are the parents of two daughters.