At a press conference tomorrow, Gov. Sam Brownback will formally announce his nomination to a post in President Trump’s administration. President Trump announced his nomination of the Kansas Governor for ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom Wednesday afternoon.

Brownback tweeted shortly after the Trump announcement “Religious freedom is the first freedom, the choice of what you do with your own soul. I am honored to serve such an important cause.”

Clayton Barker, executive director of the Kansas GOP, said the governor is a perfect fit for the new role.

“Sam Brownback’s background with international human rights, refugees and religious freedom will dramatically raise the stature and influence of the ambassadorship,” Barker said.
Though everyone knew the announcement was coming, the specific timing of the announcement caught even the Governor’s staff off-guard. The post requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate so the timeline on Brownback’s departure as Kansas Governor isn’t yet clear. Melika Willoughby, Brownback’s spokesperson, tweeted “For now, he is still Governor of Kansas. Press conference tomorrow.”

Several media outlets, including the Wichita Eagle, announced that Brownback tendered his resignation and that Trump appointed Brownback to the role. However, it is a nomination process, and as of yet, the Governor hasn’t announced his formal acceptance of the nomination or his resignation as Kansas Governor.

 

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