OVERLAND PARK – (October 15, 2013) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt was named a “Policy Maker of the Year” by the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association yesterday at the organization’s annual meeting in Overland Park.
“It is an honor to accept this award from KCDAA,” Schmidt said. “Prosecutors across the state work hard every day to make Kansas a safe place to live. As Attorney General, it is one of my greatest priorities to make sure they have the tools they need to do their jobs. Our office will continue to support the work of our local prosecutors by making the case to the Governor and Legislature for the resources required for public safety.”
In its letter naming Schmidt for the award, the KCDAA Board of Directors cited Schmidt’s role in initiating the 2013 Special Session to address the Kansas “Hard 50” law in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision calling the constitutionality of the law into question. During the 2013 regular session of the Legislature, Schmidt also supported strengthening Kansas identity theft, anti-human trafficking and anti-gang laws and worked to obtain legislative approval to upgrade the forensic laboratory capabilities at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Schmidt has served as Kansas Attorney General since 2011. Before being elected attorney general, Schmidt served 10 years as a Kansas State Senator representing the 15th District in Southeast Kansas. During his last six years in the Senate, he served as majority leader for the Republican Caucus. He currently serves as Midwest Regional Chair for the National Association of Attorneys General.