Brownback's confirmation set for October

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — Gov. Sam Brownback has a date in D.C. next week.

Just over two months after being nominated for an ambassadorship, the Kansas governor will climb the steps of Capitol Hill on October 4 for his confirmation hearing in front of his former colleagues on the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee.

For the former Senator, the hearing will be a bit of a role-reversal. He had previously been the one asking the questions as a member of the committee. Now, he'll be explaining to Senators why they should confirm him.

In late July, President Donald Trump nominated Brownback to serve as Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom.

If confirmed, the two-term governor, who is ineligible for re-election, would step down in favor of Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. Colyer, who is already running to succeed Brownback in 2018, said Wednesday that his administration will have a different tone, without elaborating.

Seven other candidates have announced campaigns for the Republican nomination.

One of the men who previously held the Ambassadorship described the position to 13 NEWS at the time of Brownback's nomination. David Saperstein said the position requires world travel and addressing issues on freedom of religion in other countries, something Brownback says he worked on when he was on Capitol Hill.

The ambassadorship is the “Chief diplomat in the United States on religious freedom issues, and is a principal advisor to the president and the secretary of state on religious freedom issues,” Saperstein said.