One possible gain for Kansas in the new Congress involves newly re-elected Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita. He’s a contender to succeed the retiring Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., as House Intelligence Committee chairman – a speaker-chosen post that isn’t always dependent on seniority. Pompeo, a member of the panel since 2013, has been a strong defender of U.S. intelligence gathering and oversight. Boehner showed trust in Pompeo by giving him a spot on the special committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. But according to the Associated Press, “the favorite” for the job is Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., with Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Jeff Miller, R-Fla., also in the mix. – Rhonda Holman
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