Brownback Holds Presser, Leaves Biggest Question Unanswered


Kansas Governor Sam Brownback discussed his appointment on Thursday to become an ambassador in President Trump’s administration during a news conference. On Wednesday the White House announced President Donald Trump would nominate Brownback to serve as ambassador-at-large and run the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, if confirmed by the Senate.

The 2-term governor answered many questions on a variety of topics including taxes, the economy and more. However, he did not answer the question everyone came to ask. Brownback said he did not know whether he’ll wait until his ambassador’s appointment is confirmed by the U.S. Senate before resigning as governor.


Brownback said he wished Kansas had preserved part of an income tax break he championed as a boon for small businesses. The governor cited the death of the exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners as one of his regrets during his 6½ years as governor so far.

He reflected on his tenure during a Statehouse news conference following his nomination by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

His departure would elevate Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, a fellow conservative, to governor.


Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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