Mike Pompeo

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Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo official CIA portrait.jpg
6th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Assumed office
January 23, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by John O. Brennan
Succeeded by Gina Haspel (Nominee)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 23, 2017
Preceded by Todd Tiahrt
Succeeded by Ron Estes
Personal details
Born Michael Richard Pompeo
(1963-12-30) December 30, 1963 (age 54)
Orange, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Pompeo
Children 1
Education United States Military Academy (BS)
Harvard University (JD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1986–1991[1]
Rank US military captain's rank.gif Captain[1]
Unit 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division[2]

Michael Richard Pompeo (born December 30, 1963, Orange, California) is an American politician. He is the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency since January 2017. He has been the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 4th congressional district from 2011 through 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party. He has also served as a Kansas representative on the Republican National Committee.

On November 18, 2016, he was selected by President-elect Donald Trump to be Trump's nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.[3] The United States senate confirmed his nomination and he assumed office on January 23, 2017. On March 13, 2018, Trump announced his intention to nominate Pompeo as the new United States Secretary of State, succeeding Rex Tillerson after March 31, 2018.[4][5]

Early life[change | change source]

Pompeo was born in Orange, California.[6][7]

He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he majored in Mechanical Engineering, graduating first in his class in 1986 and serving in the Regular Army as an Armor Branch cavalry officer from 1986 to 1991.[8] He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.[9]

United States Representative (2011–2017)[change | change source]

In the 2010 Kansas Republican primary for the 4th District Congressional seat, Pompeo defeated State Senator Jean Schodorf (who received 24%), Wichita businessman Wink Hartman (who received 23%), and small business owner Jim Anderson (who received 13%).[10] In the general election, Pompeo defeated Democratic nominee State Representative Raj Goyle. Pompeo received 59% of the vote (117,171 votes), to 36% for Goyle (71,866).[11]

Pompeo has been on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the following 3 subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, and the Subcommittee on the CIA. He is also on the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi.[12]

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (since 2017)[change | change source]

On November 18, 2016, President Trump announced that he would nominate Pompeo to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.[13]

On January 23, 2017, the United States senate approved of Pompeo's nomination and soon afterwards assumed the position of CIA Director replacing John O. Brennan.

United States Secretary of State nomination[change | change source]

On March 13, 2018, President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and nominated Pompeo to replace him.[4] If confirmed by the United States Senate, Pompeo will take office on March 31, 2018.[4]

Personal life[change | change source]

Pompeo is married to Susan Pompeo. They have one child together. They live in Wichita, Kansas.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Staff (2011). "Once a Soldier... Always a Soldier" (PDF). Legislative Agenda. Association of the United States Army. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  2. "Biography – Congressman Mike Pompeo". house.gov. 
  3. Office of the President Elect and of the Vice President Elect (2016-11-18). "President-Elect Donald J. Trump Selects U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency". Press release. https://www.greatagain.gov/news/president-elect-donald-j-trump-selects-us-senator-jeff-sessions-attorney-general-lt-gen-michael.html. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Trump fires Tillerson as secretary of state". March 13, 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  5. Parker, Ashley; Rucker, Philip (2018-03-13). "Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-03-13. 
  6. Jarlson, Gary (May 31, 1986). "Santa Ana Cadet Wins Top West Point Honor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 
  7. Lee, Teresa (October 20, 2010). "Pompeo Visits Mother's Childhood Home". The Wellington Daily News. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 
  8. "Congressman Mike Pompeo". Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  9. Lefler, Dion (2010-07-29). "Pompeo hopes varied background gives him edge". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  10. Lefler, Dion; Ron Sylvester (2010-08-03). "Pompeo, Goyle to Meet in 4th District race". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2010-08-04. Republican National Committeeman Mike Pompeo survived a bruising GOP primary and Rep. Raj Goyle of Wichita steamrolled his Democratic opponent to set up the general election battle in the Kansas 4th Congressional District. 
  11. "House Results Map". The New York Times. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 
  12. Lowry, Bryan (2014-05-09). "Rep. Mike Pompeo appointed to Benghazi investigation committee". Kansas.com. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  13. "President-Elect Donald J. Trump Selects U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency". President Elect Donald J. Trump. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 

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