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Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: @RepMikePompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence #CIADirector #TrumpPresidente

January 11, 2017


Born Michael Richard Pompeo
December 30, 1963
Orange, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Pompeo
Children 1
Education United States Military Academy (BS)
Harvard University (JD)

Education, and early career 

The son of Dorothy (née Mercer) and Wayne Pompeo. He attended the U.S. Military Academy where he majored in Mechanical Engineering, graduating first in his class in 1986 and subsequently serving in the Regular Army as an Armor Branch cavalry officer from 1986 to 1991. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He then worked as a lawyer for Williams & Connolly. According to his official biography, he then served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the Fourth Infantry Division.

Business career 

Pompeo founded Thayer Aerospace and Private Security. In 2006 he sold his interest in Thayer (which was renamed Nex-Tech Aerospace). He became the President of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment company.

U.S. House of Representatives 

In the 2010 Kansas Republican primary for the 4th District Congressional seat, Pompeo defeated State Senator Jean Schodorf, Wichita businessman Wink Hartman and small business owner Jim Anderson. State Senator Dick Kelsey also ran for the nomination, but ended his campaign before the August primary and endorsed Pompeo. Late in the primary, Schodorf began to surge, prompting two outside groups—Americans for Prosperity and Common Sense Issues, an Ohio-based political group—to enter the race, spending tens of thousands of dollars in the final campaign days to attack Schodorf and support Pompeo.

In the general election, Pompeo defeated Democratic nominee State Representative Raj Goyle. Pompeo received 59% of the vote (117,171 votes), to 36% for Goyle (71,866).

In his 2012 re-election bid, Pompeo defeated Democratic nominee Robert Tillman by a margin of 62%-32%.

Pompeo won the general election, defeating Democrat Perry Schuckman, with 66.7% of the vote.

Pompeo won the general election with 60.6% of the vote.

Committee assignments

  • Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
  • The Subcommittee on Energy and Power, and
  • the Subcommittee on the CIA.
  • He is also on the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012  Benghazi

Nomination to be CIA Director 

On November 18, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Pompeo to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Political positions 

Pompeo is strongly opposed to abortion, except in cases when the mother’s life is at risk. He does not support abortion in cases of rape and incest.[25]

Energy and environment
On May 9, 2013, Pompeo introduced the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (H.R. 1900; 113th Congress).

The bill placed a 12-month deadline on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, requiring it to approve or reject any proposal for a natural gas pipeline within that timeframe. The bill passed the House along party lines but not voted on in the Senate.

Pompeo rejects many concepts about global warming. UIn 2013, he said, “There are scientists who think lots of different things about climate change. There’s some who think we’re warming, there’s some who think we’re cooling, there’s some who think that the last 16 years have shown a pretty stable climate environment.”

Pompeo has referred to President Obama’s environment and climate change plans as “damaging” and “radical”. He opposes the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, and supports eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas registry program. He has said that Obama’s Clean Power Plan does not provide “any measurable environmental benefit.”

He signed the Americans for Prosperity’s No Climate Tax pledge. He has called for the elimination of wind power production tax credits, calling them an “enormous government handout”. He predicted a new energy bill would cost millions of jobs and make the United States a net food importer.

Pompeo is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, which has endorsed him.

Pompeo opposes the Affordable Care Act.

Genetically modified foods
Pompeo opposes requiring food suppliers to label food made with genetically modified organisms, and to that end in April 2014 introduced the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” to block states from requiring mandatory GMO food labeling.


Pompeo introduced the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 into the House on May 7, 2013.

Pompeo has been critical of President Obama, whom he repeatedly alleged was indecisive and not appropriately respectful of military leaders such as General McChrystal, who was forced to submit his resignation for having made negative comments about the president to Rolling Stone magazine. He accused the president of “unforgivably failing to provide the total commitment of our national means to our servicemen in the field.”

National security
Pompeo supports the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, characterizing the agency’s efforts as “good and important work.” In March 2014, Pompeo denounced NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s inclusion in the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, and called for Snowden’s invitation to speak via telecast at the annual Texas event be withdrawn, lest it encourages “lawless behavior” among attendees.

Pompeo has advocated for rolling back post-Snowden surveillance reforms, saying “Congress should pass a law re-establishing collection of all metadata, and combining it with publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database. Legal and bureaucratic impediments to surveillance should be removed. That includes Presidential Policy Directive-28, which bestows privacy rights on foreigners and imposes burdensome requirements to justify data collection.”

On July 21, 2015, Pompeo and Senator Tom Cotton alleged the existence of secret side agreements between Iran and the IAEA on procedures for inspection and verification of Iran’s nuclear activities under the Iran nuclear deal. The Obama administration denied any clandestine or secret actions.

In a 2013 speech on the House floor, Pompeo said Muslim leaders who fail to denounce acts of terrorism done in the name of Islam are “potentially complicit” in the attacks.The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Pompeo to revise his remarks, calling them “false and irresponsible”.

Pompeo opposes closing Guantánamo Bay detention camp. After a 2013 visit to the prison, Pompeo said, of the prisoners who were on hunger strike, “It looked to me like a lot of them had put on weight.”

Pompeo has criticized the Obama administration’s decision to end the CIA’s secret prisons (so-called “black sites”), and the administration’s requirement that all interrogators adhere to anti-torture laws.