Local lawmakers react to Brownback's future endeavor

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Wednesday, the White House confirmed President Donald Trump's expected nomination of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to serve as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

As Brownback shares his excitement of his new role on social media, state lawmakers are reacting.

Brownback tweeted "Religious freedom is the first freedom. The choice of what you do with your own soul. I am honored to serve such an important cause."

Once confirmed, Brownback's new position at the state department will place him in charged of shaping foreign policy and promoting religious freedoms globally.  

Brownback was serving his last term, and is expected to step down as governor, clearing the way for new leadership. 

"I'm not surprised that he's taking this position," state senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau said.

Faust-Goudeau is a Democrat. She says she's ready for a fresh face in the office. She says rolling back Brownback's tax policies along with providing raises to state employees were something Brownback made difficult for lawmakers this year. 

"Both democrat and republican legislators we had to fight him to get that to help our constituents," she said.

Kansas Senate President, Republican Susan Wagle says the position will be a good fit for Brownback.

Wagle released this statement to KAKE News saying "I hope the United States Senate works swiftly to approve Brownback to this post so that we can get Kansas back on track with new leadership. I hope that, as Kansas' presumptive governor, Jeff Colyer will be open and eager to work with the legislature to get back to fighting for Kansans. "

Brownback is expected to speak during a news conference Thursday afternoon in Topeka. KAKE News will be there and bring you the latest.
 

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