David Kensinger resigns as Brownback’s chief of staff

The political strategist who served as Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s first chief of staff has resigned, the governor’s office announced Friday.

David Kensinger is returning to his political roots, joining U.S. Rep. Mike Pence’s campaign for Indiana governor. Kensinger also will serve as chairman of Brownback’s policy organization, Road Map Solutions.

“His leadership kept our team on track and focused on our ‘road map for Kansas’ goals that we laid out during the campaign,” Brownback, a Republican, said in a statement.

Kensinger, 40, officially stepped down on March 31, the governor’s spokeswoman said.

He was not in the office this week, although a farewell reception was held for him Friday.

“This has been my most rewarding opportunity in public service,” Kensinger said.

Kensinger’s ties to the governor date to 1994, when he worked on Brownback’s first campaign for Congress.

In 2010, Kensinger was the architect of the Kansas GOP’s successful “clean sweep” strategy that focused on winning each of the statewide offices and gains in the House and Senate.

Some Republicans said they expect Kensinger to focus this summer on electing more conservatives to the state Senate, which is now controlled by party moderates.