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Sam Brownback
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United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
Assumed office
February 1, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by David Saperstein
46th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 31, 2018
Lieutenant Jeff Colyer
Preceded by Mark Parkinson
Succeeded by Jeff Colyer
United States Senator
from Kansas
In office
November 7, 1996 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Sheila Frahm
Succeeded by Jerry Moran
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1995 – November 7, 1996
Preceded by Jim Slattery
Succeeded by Jim Ryun
Secretary of Agriculture of Kansas
In office
Governor John W. Carlin
Mike Hayden
Joan Finney
Preceded by Harland Priddle
Succeeded by Philip Fishburn
Personal details
Samuel Dale Brownback

September 12, 1956 (1956-09-12) (age 65)
Garnett, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Stauffer
Children 5
Education Kansas State University (BA)
University of Kansas (JD)

Sam Brownback (born September 12, 1956) is an American politician. He is the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom serving since February 1, 2018. He served as the 46th Governor of Kansas from 2011 to 2018. Before he was governor, Brownback was a United States Senator and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.


On July 26, 2017, the White House issued a statement that Brownback would be nominated as the new U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

On January 24, 2018, the Senate voted to advance his nomination to the floor, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. Pence cast another tie-breaking vote to confirm the nomination after the cloture vote. On January 25, Brownback submitted his resignation as governor, effective January 31, 2018.

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