Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, in his hometown of Hays on Friday morning to talk about a service award with high school students, would not speculate on his prospects of becoming Kansas’ next governor.
“I’m not commenting on rumors about the governor,” Colyer said at his alma mater, Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, when asked about reports that Gov. Sam Brownback might take a job as an ambassador with the United Nations.
Media reports earlier this week said Brownback is in talks with President Donald Trump’s administration to become the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. for food and agriculture, which would take him to Rome.
“We’ve got budget problems to fix. We want to make sure we have a school finance formula,” he said. “The governor is very, very committed to solving those issues so that Kansas is the best place to have a small business, raise a family and have good schools.
“We’re going to get those things done. That’s what this is about,” he said.
Wether or not Brownback accepts a position with the Trump administration, he is in his final term as governor, but Colyer would not say if he is thinking of running for the office himself.
“I am just trying to make it to be the longest-serving lieutenant governor,” he said. He told the Hays students he should reach that goal this summer.
“Not that I am not being political, but the way I look at the world is you’ve got things you’ve got to do and accomplish, and I’m going to focus and get those things done here.”