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Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Todd Tiahrt
Personal details
Born (1963-12-30) December 30, 1963
Orange, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Pompeo
Residence Wichita, Kansas
Alma mater U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
Harvard Law School
Occupation Attorney
Religion Presbyterian
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1986-1991[1]
Rank Captain[1]
Unit 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division [2]

Michael Richard Pompeo (born December 30, 1963) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 4th congressional district since 2011. 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 in 1986 and subsequently serving in the Regular Army as an Armor Branch cavalry officer from 1986 to 1991.[3] 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.[4]

Business career

Pompeo founded Thayer Aerospace.[5] He sold his interest in Thayer in 2006 and the company is now known as Nex-Tech Aerospace.

Pompeo became the President of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment company.

Pompeo serves as a trustee on the Kansas Policy Institute (originally named the Kansas Public Policy Institute and then the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy), a conservative think tank.


Koch Industries

Pompeo has received substantial support from Koch Industries, one of the world's largest privately held companies, which is based in his district.[6] Pompeo received $80,000 in donations from Koch and its employees, making him the top recipient of Koch-related money in the 2010 elections.[6]

Health care

Pompeo has consistently opposed the Affordable Care Act.[7]


Pompeo is a lifetime member of and has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association.[8]

Guantánamo Bay

Pompeo opposes closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay.[9] After a 2013 visit to the prison, Pompeo said, of the prisoners who were on hunger strike, "It looked to me like a lot of them had put on weight."[10]

2013 Government Shutdown

Pompeo supported the federal government shutdown in October 2013, blaming President Obama while acknowledging that the Republican Party could take a hit from the shutdown. He stated that he believed the shutdown was necessary to avoid a predicted "American financial collapse 10 years from now."[11] In January 2014, Pompeo voted against a two-year budget deal drafted by Paul Ryan that would avert any government shutdown until 2015 and cut deficits by $23 billion.[12]

Sotomayor nomination

Pompeo urged rejection of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, stating that she "desires to make policy from the bench, not interpret the laws." [13]

Energy and environment

Pompeo opposes the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, and supports eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas registry program.[14] He has signed Americans for Prosperity's No Climate Tax pledge.[15]

Pompeo has called for the elimination of wind energy production tax credits, calling them an "enormous government handout."[16]


In a 2013 speech on the House floor, Pompeo said Muslim leaders who fail to denounce acts of terrorism done in the name of Islam are "potentially complicit" in the attacks.[17] The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Pompeo to revise his remarks, calling them "false and irresponsible."[18]


Pompeo supports the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, characterizing the agency's efforts as "good and important work."[19] In March 2014, Pompeo denounced NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's inclusion in the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, and called for Snowden's invitation to speak via telecast at the annual Texas event be withdrawn, lest it encourage “lawless behavior” among attendees.[20]


Pompeo is strongly anti-abortion.[21] He believes that abortion should be permitted in cases when the mother's life is at risk, but should be illegal in cases of rape and incest.[22]

Genetically modified organisms (GMO)

Pompeo opposes requiring food suppliers to label GMO food as GMO, and to that end in April 2014 introduced the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act" to block states from requiring mandatory GMO food labeling. [23]

U.S. House of Representatives



Pompeo's campaign commercials emphasized his West Point and Army background, describing him as a "fighting man" committed to battling "big government's fantasy world of irresponsible spending.".[24] (Pompeo served in the military but did not experience combat.) Antipathy towards and distrust of the federal government has been a recurrent theme for Pompeo, who he felt government had "lost its way" and was "promoting central planning." Reflecting on his election to Congress, he stated in October 2011, that he was among 80 or 90 Republicans who reported to Congress "without fear of speaking the truth" which he believed was that the American people under President Obama "felt a tyranny upon them and they wanted out." He claimed that the military was being "used to promote ideas that do no represent our values as a nation" and that President Obama "was talking about profit as though it was evil." On one of his first campaign appearances, he asserted "I've never seen something government gets involved in that reduced cost or made something more efficient." He predicted that a new energy bill would cost millions of jobs and make the United States a net food importer.[25] When he spoke, Kansas unemployment was 7.2%; it fell to 5.5% four years later.[26] American agriculture, far from plunging, rose to $173 billion in 2012; the United States remains one of the largest food exporters in the world.[27] Furthermore, domestic oil production rose during the Obama administration and the United States produced more oil than it imported.[28] He was harshly critical of President Obama, whom he repeatedly alleged was indecisive and not appropriately respectful of military leaders such as General McChrystal before he was fired for insubordination. Pompeo felt that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should be expanded - he strongly supported the surge - and fought with fewer rules of engagement to protect civilian lives. He accused the president of "unforgivably fail[ing] to provide the total commitment of our national means to our servicemen in the field." [29]

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).[30]

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.[31][32][33][34] Late in the primary, Schodorf began to surge, prompting two outside groups — Americans for Prosperity, a Koch Industries group, and Common Sense Issues, an Ohio-based political group — to enter the race, spending tens of thousands of dollars in the final campaign days to attack Schodorf and support Pompeo.[35]


Pompeo defeated Democratic nominee Robert Tillman and Libertarian nominee Thomas Jefferson in the general election.

Committee assignments


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  6. ^ a b Eggen, Dan (20 March 2011). "GOP freshman Pompeo turned to Koch for money for business, then politics". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Pompeo, Mike (3 September 2013). "The ObamaCare train wreck: Column". USA Today. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "National Rifle Association Endorses Pompeo". Pompeo for Congress. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Senate debates Guantánamo in first hearing on closing prison since 2009". Associated Press. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "GOP Rep: ‘No crisis’ at Gitmo, detainees ‘have put on weight’". MSNBC. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Wilson, Bill (2 October 2013). "Pompeo: For the GOP, shutdown is now about reforming entitlement programs". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Key Votes by Mike Pompeo - U.S. Congress Votes Database - The Washington Post". 
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  15. ^ "Pledge Takers".  
  16. ^ Pompeo, Mike (30 September 2012). "Rep. Mike Pompeo: Wind tax credit harms economy". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  17. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (11 June 2013). "GOP lawmaker: US Muslim leaders 'complicit' in terrorist attacks". The Hill. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  18. ^ . Council on American-Islamic Relations Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  19. ^ Lefler, Dion (4 November 2013). "NSA is doing ‘important work,’ Pompeo tells Wichita State students". Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  20. ^ Drusch, Andrea (9 March 2014). "SXSW 2014: Mike Pompeo wants Edward Snowden off the bill". Politico. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Election 2012: Mike Pompeo". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  22. ^ Hegeman, Roxana (24 October 2012). "Pompeo: No rape exception in anti-abortion view". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  23. ^ Gillam, Carey (9 April 2014). "U.S. bill seeks to block mandatory GMO food labeling by states". Reuters. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
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  27. ^ Economy_of_the_United_States
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  30. ^ "House Results Map". The New York Times. 
  31. ^ "Live election results". Wichita Eagle. 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  32. ^ Lefler, Dion; Ron Sylvester (2010-08-03). "Pompeo, Goyle to Meet in 4th District race". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2010-08-04. Republican National Committeeman Mike Pompeo survived a bruising GOP primary and Rep. Raj Goyle of Wichita steamrolled his Democratic opponent to set up the general election battle in the Kansas 4th Congressional District. 
  33. ^ Miller, Tricia (2010-08-04). "Pompeo Likely To Replace Tiahrt". CQ Politics. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  34. ^ D'Aprile, Shane (2010-08-04). "Pompeo wins GOP primary in Rep. Tiahrt's district". The Hill. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  35. ^ "Pompeo, Goyle to meet in 4th District race". kansas. 
  36. ^ "H.R. 1900 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  37. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (21 November 2013). "Thursday:Pipelines in the House, amendment fight in the Senate". The Hill. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  38. ^ "Congressional Bills and Votes". The New York Times. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Todd Tiahrt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th congressional district

January 3, 2011 – present
Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Steven Palazzo
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Jim Renacci
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