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Kobach to nominate ex-primary rival Mattivi as KBI director


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General-elect Kris Kobach says he is nominating a former longtime federal prosecutor who also was among his Republican primary opponents to be the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s next director. Kobach announced Tuesday that he has picked Tony Mattivi to replace retiring KBI Director Kirk Thompson. Mattivi was a federal prosecutor for more than 20 years and coordinator of anti-terrorism and homeland security efforts in Kansas when he retired in November 2020.  Kobach cited that experience in announcing Mattivi’s nomination. Kobach defeated Mattivi and state Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Kellie Warren in the GOP primary in August. Mattivi’s appointment would have to be confirmed by the Kansas Senate.

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