George Bruce announced his run for the 4th Congressional District seat on Tuesday. In a 10-minute speech at the Petroleum Club of Wichita, he criticized the federal government’s “cumbersome rules, overly complex regulations and burdensome taxes.”
“Those of us in the private sector need to step up and use the tools and experiences that have built this great country to bring our government back under control and limit its insatiable appetite for power and dominance over our lives,” Bruce said.
I’ve spent my entire time in the private sector. … That’s part of the difference. I’m bringing a work record, not a voting record, with me.
George Bruce, 4th Congressional District candidate
Bruce has practiced law at Martin Pringle Attorneys at Law since 1989, according to his business profile.
Bruce said he was grateful for Pompeo’s service to the 4th Congressional District. Pompeo was tapped by the incoming Trump administration to lead the CIA. His confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin Thursday.
“It is now up to us to fill the gap to replace him and to continue fighting for the people of south-central Kansas,” Bruce said.
It’s his first run for public office. Bruce said after the speech that he hadn’t thought about running for office until he began getting calls encouraging him to run.
After there’s a vacancy in Pompeo’s seat, Gov. Sam Brownback has five days to call a special election. Both parties have 25 days to select a nominee for the ballot.
State Republican Party chairman Kelly Arnold would call a district convention for party activists from across the district to select a candidate.
Bruce said his team was working hard to contact delegates ahead of the vote to choose a nominee.
“The desire was to give the delegates a broader range of candidates,” Bruce said.
“I’ve spent my entire time in the private sector,” he continued. “That’s part of the difference. I’m bringing a work record, not a voting record, with me.”