Congressman Mike Pompeo (“Pom-PAY-oh”) spent many of his summers growing up bucking bales of hay on his aunt’s farm in Cowley County. He enrolled at West Point, graduated first in his class in 1986, and then served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
After earning a law degree, Mike returned to his mother’s family roots in South Central Kansas and founded Thayer Aerospace, an aerospace parts manufacturing company, which in less than ten years grew to employ more than 400 Kansans. Mike served as CEO for more than a decade. He later became President of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment manufacturing, distribution, and service company.
Mike also started an initiative called “America Flies” as an effort to increase awareness of the importance general aviation and airplane manufacturing plays in our economy.
Mike serves on two major committees: Energy and Commerce, which oversees energy, health care, manufacturing, and telecommunications, and the House Intelligence Committee.
In Congress, Mike has focused on freeing private enterprise to succeed as well as defending our individual Constitutional rights. Mike has been at the center of debates regarding fiscal responsibility and halting regulatory overreach, particularly with respect to production agriculture, and reducing the imposition of burdens on entepreneurs and small businesses.
Mike and his wife Susan have been active leaders in the community and are both involved in many activities in support of Susan’s alma mater, Wichita State University.