4th Congressional District
Two-term Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, survived a surprising primary challenge from predecessor Todd Tiahrt and remains the best choice for his district for the general election. A true believer in a free market and smaller government, he is among the House Republicans who have helped the country get serious about curbing federal spending and debt since 2011. He has emerged as an informed, influential voice on intelligence gathering and foreign policy matters including Syria, and was named to the panel investigating the Benghazi incident. Pompeo stands out in his caucus and the Kansas delegation for actually getting a bill passed and signed by the president – a new law that will help Wichita’s economy by streamlining the certification process for general aviation. In a third term, he hopes to similarly work across the aisle and Capitol on natural-gas pipeline permitting and genetically modified food labeling. Pompeo’s constituents would be well-served by more of that pragmatic consensus building and less of his Obama- and Democrat-bashing. He deserves more time in Congress.