The trajectory of Mike Pompeo on the political stage is not so much the story of a Kansan who made good as it is an ambitious businessman who made the most of the ties he formed in the state.
The background of Pompeo, born and raised in Southern California, is impressive. He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduated first in his class with a degree in mechanical engineering, served five years of active duty in the Army and rose to the rank of captain as a cavalry officer in East Germany. He later was accepted to Harvard Law School and was editor of the Harvard Law Review.
His link to Kansas was through his mother, Dorothy, a native of the state. Pompeo moved to Wichita, the hometown of his wife, Susan, and was instrumental in the growth of two businesses. He became involved in the community, taught Sunday school and eventually rode the Tea Party movement into Washington. He was elected to three terms in the House of Representatives beginning in 2010.
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