In a move that has been expected for sometime, Gov. Sam Brownback sent a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach today.

"In the interest of facilitating a smooth transition pursuant to Article 1, Section 11 of the Constitution of the State of Kansas, I hereby resign the office of Governor of the State of Kansas, effective at 3 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2018," Brownback wrote. "I extend my best wishes to Lieutenant Governor Colyer as he assumes this office, and I have every confidence that he will serve the state well."

Brownback will accept a U.S ambassadorship. Colyer has already filed for the upcoming gubernatorial election.

Brownback was confirmed to the ambassadorship on Wednesday after a six-month wait. The U.S. Senate split 49-49 along party lines on the nomination of Brownback to be ambassador at large for international religious freedom. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tiebreaking vote.

 

Thank you to@POTUS,@VP, and all the Senators who supported my nomination. I'm looking forward to starting my new position as Ambassador and working hard for the American people and religious freedom around the world.#ksleg

— Sam Brownback (@govsambrownback)January 24, 2018

 In his resignation, he thanked the people of Kansas for an opportunity to serve.

"It has been a great honor to serve Kansans as their Governor since 2011, and prior to that as United States Senator and Congressman. As a lifelong Kansan, I have been privileged to serve and represent my fellow citizens for most of my adult life," Bronwback wrote. 

I am resigning as Governor effective 3:00pm CST on January 31. It has been a great honor to serve and represent Kansans for most of my adult life. Thank you for this opportunity to serve, and may God Bless our great state and nation.#kslegpic.twitter.com/JpG0DSTK9L

— Sam Brownback (@govsambrownback)January 25, 2018