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April 6, 2012
TOPEKA David Kensinger, long-time political adviser and campaign strategist to Gov. Sam Brownback, has resigned as the Kansas governor's chief of staff and will return to campaign work here and in Indiana.
Brownback officials announced the move today. It had been rumored around the Statehouse for a few weeks that Kensinger soon would return to campaigning.
Brownback's policy director, Landon Fulmer, will be promoted to chief of staff, officials said. John Hummell, the governor's operations director, will replace Fulmer as policy chief.
“I am deeply appreciative of the work and energy David has given me, our team and the State of Kansas. His leadership kept our team on track and focused on our Road Map for Kansas goals that we laid out during the campaign. We will miss him but are pleased he will continue to work with us as we work to make our great state even better,” Brownback said in a prepared statement.
A Topeka native and former high school and college debating champion, Kensinger first worked for Brownback in 1994 when Brownback ran for Congress. He was Brownback's campaign manager during the 2010 gubernatorial race.
Officials said Kensinger wouldl join U.S. Rep. Mike Pence’s campaign for governor of Indiana. Pence is unopposed in Indiana's May 8th Republican gubernatorial primary.
Kensinger also will serve as chairman of the Brownback campaign organization, Road Map Solutions. The governor's political allies, among other things, are focused on unseating several moderate and conservative Kansas Senate incumbents in the upcoming GOP primary and preserving conservative Republican dominance in the Kansas House of Representatives.
“In this role, I will be free to advocate in the public square for policies which will fulfill the goals described in Gov. Brownback’s Road Map for Kansas," Kensinger said in a prepared statement that ticked off the objectives: "Private sector job growth, increased personal income, improved 4th grade reading scores, expanded opportunities for college-age Kansans and a reduction in childhood poverty.“
Fulmer and Hummell both worked as Brownback aides when Browback was in the U.S. Senate.
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