When President-elect Trump nominated Pompeo to be Director of the CIA, frankly I didn’t recognize the name and knew nothing about him. This is a pretty important position and I wanted to know more about the man who will lead this entity that seems to operate mostly in the shadows. Then, recognizing that many of our readers wouldn’t know the name either, I decided to formalize my digging a bit and make it available to our PT readers.
Michael Richard “Mike” Pompeo was born on December 30, 1963 (he’s now 52) in Orange, California to Dorothy and Wayne Pompeo.
He attended the U.S. Military Academy where he majored in Mechanical Engineering, graduating first in his class in 1986. He went on to serve in the Army as a cavalry officer from 1986 to 1991, advancing to the rank of Captain. He served in the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.
After leaving active duty, Mike graduated from Harvard Law School after having been an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He was a classmate of Sen. Ted Cruz during that time although he declined to support Cruz in the Republican primaries.
He then worked as a lawyer for Williams & Connolly for three years before returning to Kansas where he founded Thayer Aerospace along with three partners. In less than a decade, the company grew to more than 400 employees. In 2006, after ten years serving as CEO, Mike sold his interest in Thayer and soon afterwards became President of Sentry International, an oilfield manufacturing, distribution and service company.
In November of 2010 Mike was elected to the 112th Congress, his first elected office. He assumed office on January 3, 2011 and is currently the incumbent.
Mike is married to Susan and they have one son (Nick) who is a graduate of Kansas University.
Pompeo has been on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Committee on Energy and Commerce, and three subcommittees: 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 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi.
You can see his views on major issues at On The Issues.