Former KBI director to help chair Schmidt’s attorney general campaign

TOPEKA – Former Kansas Bureau of Investigation Director Larry Welch will help chair Sen. Derek Schmidt’s campaign for attorney general, the campaign announced Thursday.

“Year in and year out, Derek Schmidt has been a reliable friend of law enforcement in the Statehouse, and he will make a great attorney general for Kansas. I strongly support him,” said Welch in a written statement.

Schmidt, the Senate Republican leader, is running for attorney general against incumbent Democrat Steve Six.

Welch served as KBI director for 13 years and was first appointed to the post by former Attorney General Bob Stephan in July 1994.

Welch cited Schmidt’s work in creating the Sheriff Matt Samuels Act, which helped reduced the number of meth labs, as well as the senator’s support of the death penalty and work with legislation targeting child predators.

“Larry Welch is a respected leader in the Kansas law enforcement community,” Schmidt said. “His counsel and leadership are major contributions to our campaign for attorney general.”