President nominates Gov. Brownback to ambassadorship

WASHINGTON (KSNT)- Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has been nominated as the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. That is according to The White House Press Office.

President Donald Trump made the intent to nominate Brownback on Wednesday. If confirmed by the Senate, he’ll run the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom.

Brownback tweeted Wednesday night saying, “Religious freedom is the first freedom. The choice of what you do with your own soul. I am honored to serve such an important cause.”

Brownback began his first term as governor in 2011. He was reelected in 2014. Brownback also served as a U.S. Senator from 1996-2011 and a U.S. Representative for Kansas from 1995-1996.

The White House says he worked on the issue of religious freedom while in Washington.

Officials in Kansas expect Brownback to step down when he’s confirmed, but his office would not immediately discuss future plans Wednesday evening.

KSNT News will continue to update as additional information becomes available.

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