Kassebaum Baker joins Schmidt’s run for attorney general

TOPEKA – Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker will be one of four co-chairs on state Sen. Derek Schmidt’s run for attorney general.

She joins former Kansas Bureau of Investigation director Larry Welch as one of the statewide chairs. The other two have not yet been announced.

“I have known Derek Schmidt since he was a valued member of my Senate staff in the early 1990s,” Kassebaum Baker said. “He put himself through law school while serving on my staff, and I saw up close his work ethic and determination.

Schmidt, from Independence and currently the Senate Republican Leader, is running against Attorney General Steve Six, a Democrat.

Schmidt served as a member of Kassebaum Baker’s Senate staff from 1991 until 1997. He studied law at Georgetown University from which he graduated in 1996.

“Derek and I sometimes agree on issues, and sometimes disagree, but I always value the reasoned thought and solid judgment he applies to issues,” Kassebaum Baker said in a statement put out by the campaign.