[Wichita, KS] – Republican Tony Mattivi will formally launch his bid for Kansas Attorney General on July 28th at the Historic Sedgwick County Courthouse (510 N Main St, Wichita, KS 67203 please note we will be on the south steps). The kickoff event will be from 12:00PM-1:00PM. It will be open to the public and press.

The problems facing Kansas today require courageous and decisive leadership; an earnest desire to serve is not enough. Tony Mattivi’s unique experience prosecuting terrorism, drug trafficking, violent crime, racketeering, gangs, organized crime, and money laundering give him qualifications that no other candidate in the field can match.

Tony Mattivi recently retired from his position as an Assistant United States Attorney and the Antiterrorism and National Security Coordinator for the District of Kansas. He was a federal prosecutor for more than twenty years, with a strong record of success in Kansas and surrounding states. He also briefed and argued cases in the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as in Kansas appellate courts.

For five years, Tony was detailed to DOJ’s National Security Division, where he was the lead prosecutor on the capital case against the al Qaeda operative who masterminded the bombing of the USS COLE in Yemen in 2000. In recognition for his work on the case, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. In 2007, Tony spent six months working for DOJ’s Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Baghdad, Iraq, advising and assisting the Iraqi High Tribunal with the trials of members of Saddam Hussein’s regime for war crimes and other atrocities.

Tony prosecuted Terry Lee Loewen, the former U.S. Marine who pled guilty to attempting to detonate a van filled with high explosives at the Wichita airport on behalf of al Qaeda during the Christmas travel season. He prosecuted John T. Booker, who pled guilty to trying to detonate a truck bomb at the base hospital on Fort Riley on behalf of ISIS. He led a team of DOJ prosecutors who convicted three Kansas militia members for plotting to blow up an apartment building and slaughter more than a hundred Somali Muslim refugees as they worshipped in their mosque.

After a distinguished career of public service putting the worst of the worst behind bars, Tony is turning his attention to serving the people of Kansas. Previously Tony named Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett as his campaign treasurer.

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Christian Hulen