Annual Awards Dinner
Annual Awards Dinner

Keynote Speaker

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

“Protecting America’s Seniors”
Attorney General United Against Elder Abuse

Derek Schmidt was elected the 44th attorney general of Kansas in 2010 and was re-elected to a second term in 2014.

Before being elected attorney general, Schmidt served as a Kansas State Senator representing part of Southeast Kansas, as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and as the Senate Majority Leader. He previously served as counsel to Kansas Governor Bill Graves, legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum, and as an assistant attorney general for consumer protection.

Attorney General Schmidt is a graduate of Independence High School and studied at Independence Community College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, his master’s degree in international politics from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and his doctorate in law from the University of Kansas School of Law.

Schmidt has been honored with the Criminal Justice of the Year Award from the Wichita Crime Commission, the Friend of Law Enforcement Award from the Kansas Sheriff’s Association, the Policy Maker of the Year Award from the Kansas County and District Attorney’s Association, and the Guardian of Small Businesses.

In 2017, his peers nationwide elected him President of the National Association of Attorney General.

Attorney General Schmidt and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of two daughters.

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