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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 December 30, 1963(1963-12-30) (age 58)
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 US military captain's rank.gif Captain[1]

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 officer from 1986 - 1991.[2] 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.[3]

Business career[]

Pompeo founded Thayer Aerospace.[4] 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 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).[5]

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.[6][7][8][9]


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

Committee assignments[]

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Once a Soldier... Always a Soldier". Legislative Agenda. Association of the United States Army. 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  3. Lefler, Dion (2010-07-29). "Pompeo hopes varied background gives him edge". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  4. Wilson, Benet (2010-03-05). "Thayer Aerospace Founder Vies For Congress". Aviation Week. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  5. "House Results Map". The New York Times. 
  6. "Live election results". Wichita Eagle. 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2010-08-04. [dead link]
  7. 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." 
  8. Miller, Tricia (2010-08-04). "Pompeo Likely To Replace Tiahrt". CQ Politics. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  9. D'Aprile, Shane (2010-08-04). "Pompeo wins GOP primary in Rep. Tiahrt's district". The Hill. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 

External links[]

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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