By Jessica Seibel
Posted Apr 09, 2010 @ 07:00 PM
El Dorado, Kan. — Mike Pompeo believes the federal government has lost its way.
“They borrow, spend and tax too much,” he said. “That is destructive for Kansas.”
His convictions prompted him to enter the race to replace Todd Tiahrt as the congressional representative for Kansas’ fourth district.
Pompeo, who is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Harvard Law School, lives in Wichita with his wife Susan and their son Nick.
He describes himself as pro-life and pro-family, and serves as a deacon at Eastminster Presbyterian Church.
Pompeo has never run for political office before, but believes his background as a businessman and family man will help him make wise decisions if he gets elected.
“I’ll make sure we have a smaller federal government,” he said, “where you can make the decisions about your money instead of the government making those decisions.”
In addition to working to restore jobs for Kansans who have lost them, two of Pompeo’s primary goals if elected will be to reduce the size of the federal government and to bolster national defense.
“There are people out there who still want to do us harm,” he said. “We need to restore American strength and be proud of America.”
Pompeo will be back in El Dorado on April 23 for several events throughout the day, including a debate that will take place at the El Dorado Senior Center from 7-8 p.m.
“That will be a good chance for people to come out and meet me in person,” he said.