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|70th United States Secretary of State|
April 26, 2018 – January 20, 2021
|Preceded by||Rex Tillerson|
|Succeeded by||Tony Blinken|
|6th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency|
January 23, 2017 – April 26, 2018
|Preceded by||John O. Brennan|
|Succeeded by||Gina Haspel|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th district
January 3, 2011 – January 23, 2017
|Preceded by||Todd Tiahrt|
|Succeeded by||Ron Estes|
Michael Richard Pompeo
December 30, 1963
Orange, California, U.S.
|Education||United States Military Academy (BS)
Harvard University (JD)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1986–1991|
|Unit||2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division|
Michael Richard Pompeo (born December 30, 1963) is an American politician, diplomat, businessman, and attorney who served under President Donald Trump as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 2017 to 2018 and as the 70th United States Secretary of State from 2018 to 2021.
Pompeo is a former United States Army officer. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017, representing KS's 4th congressional district. He was a Kansas representative on the Republican National Committee and member of the Italian American Congressional Delegation. Pompeo is also a member of the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party.
President Donald Trump appointed Pompeo Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in January 2017. Trump promoted Pompeo to secretary of state in March 2018, with Pompeo succeeding Rex Tillerson after his dismissal. Pompeo was confirmed by the Senate on April 26, 2018, in a 57–42 vote and was sworn in the same day.
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. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
United States Representative (2011–2017)
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%). 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).
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.
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2017–2018)
United States Secretary of State (2018–2021)
In May 2018, Donald Trump greeted three American detainees that were released by Kim Jong-Un while Pompeo brought them back to the United States from North Korea. The next day, Trump announced on Twitter that he will meet Kim on June 12, 2018 in Singapore for peace talks.
Pompeo is married to Susan Pompeo. They have one son, Nicholas.
They live in Wichita, Kansas.
Images for kids
Pompeo meeting with Kim Jong-un
Trump, Pompeo and Joseph Dunford were invited to France for Bastille Day celebrations on July 13, 2017.
Congressman Pompeo speaking at Freedomworks New Fair Deal rally outside the U.S. Capitol
Pompeo speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Pompeo meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman
Pompeo at the inauguration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is widely considered to be the most pro-American candidate in Brazil since the 1980s
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