Governor Brownback testifying in U.S. Senate confirmation hearing

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Samuel Brownback, governor of Kansas and a former U.S. senator, appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the nominee to be the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (KSNW & AP) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is testifying today in a U.S. Senate confirmation hearing.

President Donald Trump has nominated Brownback to serve as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. His departure would elevate current Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer as the next governor of Kansas.

During the hearing, Brownback defended his decision as governor to scrap an order that barred discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

A 2007 executive order applied to hiring and employment decisions by agencies under the Kansas governor’s direct control. Brownback says the Democratic governor at that time, Kathleen Sebelius, acted unilaterally on an issue that state lawmakers should have resolved.

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