In a ceremony on the south steps of the Statehouse, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, joined by his wife Jennifer, and their two daughters, was sworn in by the chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. He used a family bible that was a gift from Schmidt’s great-grandmother to Schmidt’s grandfather. Reelected in November to a third four-year term, Schmidt has now become the second longest-serving of the 44 attorneys general in state history. Since taking office in 2011, Schmidt has worked to strengthen the consumer-protection work of the office and has made combating human trafficking and elder abuse key priorities. He has worked to modernize many of the operations and capacities of the attorney general’s office and has advocated for the needs of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, including construction of a new forensic-science laboratory and establishment of the Child Victims Unit and the new Northeast Child Victims Task Force. He also has successfully challenged numerous illegal federal regulatory actions that proposed new federal controls over large swaths of private property. Schmidt said in the new term he intends to remain focused on similar priorities. Before serving as attorney general, Schmidt served 10 years as a Kansas state senator, including four years as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the last six years as the Republican majority leader.

Source: VNC News