TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was renominated for a position in the Trump administration Monday, putting an end to the awkward situation that developed as he has hovered half in and half out of his Kansas leadership role.
President Donald Trump renominated Brownback to the post of U.S. Department of State ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. It was among other nominations resubmitted to the U.S. Senate.
Brownback thanked Trump in a tweet, adding he will continue as governor until he receives Senate confirmation.
Spokesman Bob Murray said in early Monday afternoon that he was unaware Trump was expected to renominate Brownback on Monday, although he said “that was the plan all along.”
Trump originally nominated Brownback for the Department of State position in July 2017. Brownback was able to narrowly overcome partisan opposition to his appointment from the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which sent his nomination on to the full Senate with an 11-10 vote.
But the nomination stalled in the Senate, with concerns raised about Brownback’s views on gender and sexual identity. After the session ended, it became necessary for Trump to renominate Brownback for the position.
Although he had been handing off duties for some time to Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, Brownback announced he would give the State of the State address on Tuesday. In an online communication, Brownback clarified, “I will remain Governor until confirmed by the US Senate.”
Other Kansans included in the long list of nominations Monday were Holly Lou Teeter to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Kansas and William Beach to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor, for a four-year term.