2020 News Releases

AG Derek Schmidt statement on U.S. Senate confirmation of Toby Crouse to Federal District Court

Release Date: Nov 17, 2020

TOPEKA – (November 17, 2020) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today congratulated Kansas Solicitor General Toby Crouse on his confirmation as a federal district court judge for the District of Kansas.

“Toby Crouse has done an outstanding job serving Kansas for almost three years as our solicitor general,” Schmidt said. “We will miss Toby’s service to Kansas, but I look forward to working with him in his new role as a federal judge. I am confident his perspective on the appropriate role and authority of federal courts is firmly grounded in the text and original meaning of the U.S. Constitution and statutory law as Congress has written it.”

In January 2018, Attorney General Schmidt appointed Crouse to serve as Kansas Solicitor General, where he succeeded Steve McAllister, who became U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas. As solicitor general, Crouse has overseen the state’s appellate litigation, including the three cases the attorney general’s office argued successfully last fall before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Until his appointment as solicitor general, Crouse, of Overland Park, was a partner in the Overland Park office of Foulston Siefkin, LLP. He previously served as a law clerk for Judge Mary Beck Briscoe of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and U.S. District Court Judge Monti Belot.

Crouse was confirmed on a vote of 50-43. Schmidt said he is working to select a new solicitor general.

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