Pompeo hails from Orange, California and graduated first in his West Point class. Following this achievement he joined the US Army’s armor officer corps and patrolled between West and East Germany during the Cold War as an armor officer – eventually attaining captain status in this capacity.
In 2015, when Congress voted to end mass surveillance, Pompeo voiced strong criticism. He asserted that this move would hinder our ability to combat terrorism effectively.
Early Life and Education
Pompeo was born in Orange, California to Dorothy Mercer and Wayne Pompeo and attended Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley where he played basketball forward for Los Amigos High. Following graduation he enrolled at West Point and graduated first in his class with a degree in engineering management.
Pompeo has opposed legislation granting wind energy companies the ability to claim production tax credits and has also opposed legislation labelling food made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
In 2010, Pompeo won the Republican nomination for Kansas’ 4th congressional district by defeating state senator Jean Schodorf, with help from outside groups who spent hundreds of thousands attacking Schodorf as campaigning concluded and helping Pompeo close the gap with his Democratic challengers.
At West Point, Pompeo excelled as both class president and captain of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following graduation, he was assigned to patrol between East and West Germany border patrol duty.
As soon as he arrived in Wichita, Pompeo partnered with two fellow West Point alumni Brian Bulatao and Ulrich Brechbuhl – also alumni – to buy companies making aviation equipment in what became known as “Air Capital of the World.” They founded Thayer Aerospace; venture funding came from both Koch brothers as well as another Wichita firm.
Pompeo’s political opinions shifted along with his business experiences. While in congress, he opposed wind power and campaigned for its production tax credit to be eliminated; furthermore he promoted conspiracy theories about the Benghazi attack as well as Islamophobia.
Achievement and Honors
Pompeo graduated first in his class from Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley before enrolling at West Point’s United States Military Academy and finishing first overall in his class. Following that experience he served in the cavalry division before enrolling at Harvard Law School, ultimately receiving his JD degree in 1994.
As Director of the CIA, Pompeo provided daily intelligence briefings to President Donald Trump, with particular attention paid to North Korea as an imminent threat and pushing to expand covert and espionage operations.
As a congressman, Pompeo frequently voiced criticism against China for its treatment of Uyghurs and Hong Kong residents, advocating to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem while withdrawing from Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement. Furthermore, he is frequently featured on conservative commentator Frank Gaffney’s radio show as well.
Pompeo serves as a deacon at a church in Wichita with his wife Susan, serving on charitable boards and teaching Sunday school together. Together they have one son. In their free time they enjoy exploring Revolutionary War history, country music and college basketball.
As Pompeo rose through Congress, he sought to increase his national-security credentials by joining the Intelligence Committee. There, he gained notoriety as an outspoken supporter of conspiracy theories regarding the 2012 attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Pompeo initially disagreed with the findings of the intelligence community regarding Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election; however, at the Republican National Convention he declared himself delighted to see Trump and announced his excitement about having a commander-in-chief who “fearlessly puts America first”.
Pompeo is estimated to have amassed an estimated net worth of over $1 Million. His salary as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and later Secretary of State under President Trump earned him this fortune.
Once Pompeo left the military, he transitioned to aviation industry work. He moved to Wichita with three West Point friends and together purchased aircraft-part manufacturers there and in St Louis under Thayer Aerospace; Pompeo eventually sold his share to Sentry International backed by Koch Industries.
Pompeo maintains various personal interests, such as investments in wind energy. He has opposed federal tax credits for wind production and laws mandating food labels to indicate GMO ingredients. Furthermore, he owns a home in Wichita and serves as the beneficiary of his father’s $350,000 federal pension.