Michael Richard Pompeo (born December 30, 1963) is the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 4th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. He has also served as a Kansas representative on the Republican National Committee.
Early life, education, and early career
Pompeo attended the U.S. Military Academy where he majored in Mechanical Engineering, graduating first in his class. He subsequently graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
He then worked as a lawyer for Williams & Connolly.
Pompeo founded Thayer Aerospace. He sold his interest in Thayer in 2006 and the company is now known as Nex-Tech Aerospace.
Pompeo serves as a trustee on the Koch Industries-funded Kansas Policy Institute (originally named the Kansas Public Policy Institute and then the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy), a conservative think tank.
U.S. House of Representatives
Pompeo defeated Democratic nominee State Representative Raj Goyle, Libertarian nominee Shawn Smith, and Reform Party nominee Susan G. Ducey. Pompeo received 59% of the vote (117,171 votes), to 36% for Goyle (71,866).
The Republican incumbent, Todd Tiahrt, ran for the U.S.
Senate (thereby vacating his seat). In the contest to replace him, Pompeo won a five-candidate GOP primary election on August 3, 2010 with 39% of the vote. He bested State Senator Jean Schodorf (who received 24%), Wichita businessman Wink Hartman (who received 23%), and small business owner Jim Anderson (who received 13%). State Senator Dick Kelsey also ran for the nomination, but ended his campaign before the August primary and endorsed Pompeo.
Immediately after winning the 2010 primary, Pompeo's campaign posted a link to a racist blog on its Facebook page and Twitter feed, introducing it as "here's a good read." The linked blog referred to President Barack Obama as an "evil Muslim Communist usurper" and used an ethnic slur (a "turban topper") to refer to Goyle. On August 11, Pompeo discovered that Josh Wells, his campaign's communications director, had "posted the link to the wrong Google alert then removed it an hour later.
Pompeo claimed that the posting was a mistake made with "no malice". The next morning, Pompeo called Goyle and apologized and declared to the press that "the statements of the blogger in no way reflect my views. There is no place in campaigns or in public discourse for language of this nature." Pompeo chose not to fire or punish any of his staff as a result of this incident.
On August 12, 2010, SurveyUSA and KWCH-TV released a poll on the Kansas 4th Congressional district campaign between Pompeo and Goyle. According to the poll, in which 604 likely voters were interviewed, Pompeo led Goyle 49% to 42% with a margin of error of 4.1%.
November 11th, 2011