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Michael 'Mike' Richard Pompeo
Birthdate: Dec. 30, 1963
Birth Place: Orange, CA, United States
Residence: Wichita, KS
First Elected: 2010
District: District 4
Undergraduate: U.S. Military Academy
Graduate: Harvard University
Mike Pompeo was born in Orange, Calif., but has lived in Wichita, Kan., since 1996. He received a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy and a law degree from Harvard University.
He spent five years on active duty in the Army, including three years along the border of what was then East Germany. He served as a tank platoon leader and was a captain when he left the Army.
Pompeo spent two years as an attorney in Washington before coming to Kansas.
He founded an aircraft parts manufacturing company, selling it in 2006 to become president of a company manufacturing oil field equipment.
Pompeo was elected to the U.S. House in 2010.
Pompeo and his wife, Susan, have a son.
Mike Pompeo, in 2012, is seeking a second term representing Kansas' 4th Congressional District, which includes much of south-central Kansas and Wichita, the state's largest city.
Pompeo faces Robert Tillman, a Wichita Democrat who won a two-candidate primary in August 2012. Tillman has never held elected office and lost the 2010 Democratic primary for the seat to state Rep. Raj Goyle, also from Wichita.
In seeking re-election, Pompeo has reiterated conservative Republican sentiment on the federal budget and opposition to the 2010 health care reform law backed by President Barack Obama.
He describes himself as a "committed economic conservative" who opposed bailing out the financial and auto industries. He argued that the federal government shouldn't pick winners and losers in the marketplace.
Pompeo's view on extending tax credits for wind energy production puts him in line with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney but at odds with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and other members of the Kansas delegation. Pompeo favors letting the credits expire at the end of the year and putting the savings into lowering the corporate tax rate.
Brownback and other GOP leaders maintain that without the credits a growing number of wind energy manufacturers in Kansas would face an uncertain, if not gloomy future.
He says he is strongly anti-abortion and has had the backing of Kansans for Life, a leading anti-abortion group active in passing legislation to restrict abortions at the state level.
Pompeo has been active within the Kansas Republican Party. In 2007, many Republicans considered him as someone who could unite the often-warring conservative and moderate GOP wings, and he was a candidate for state Republican chairman. But the party's central committee, dominated by conservatives, went with another candidate.
But in 2008, the same group elected him unanimously as one of the state's representatives on the Republican National Committee, giving him a base from which to start a congressional campaign.
Source: Associated Press
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