TOPEKA – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt congratulated Kansas Solicitor General Stephen R. McAllister on his confirmation as U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas. McAllister was confirmed to the position by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 20, on a voice vote. Schmidt issued the following statement:

“Steve McAllister has served Kansas well as our solicitor general for more than a decade. I have greatly appreciated his wise counsel on the many complex legal cases on which we have worked together to represent the State. While we will miss Steve’s service to the State, I look forward to working closely with him in his new role as U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas.”

McAllister has served as the first Kansas Solicitor General since the position was created. He has had a distinguished career as a constitutional scholar at the University of Kansas, including serving as dean of the law school. McAllister clerked for Justices Byron White and Clarence Thomas at the U.S. Supreme Court. In his position as solicitor general, he has argued multiple cases on behalf of Kansas before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Kansas Supreme Court.

Schmidt said he is working to select a new solicitor general.