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Incoming Kansas governor: "I want people to know that I'm going to listen"

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is moving on to accept a job in the Trump Administration, meaning current Kansas Lieutenant Gov. Jeff Colyer will be stepping in to the position. (KCTV5) Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is moving on to accept a job in the Trump Administration, meaning current Kansas Lieutenant Gov. Jeff Colyer will be stepping in to the position. (KCTV5)
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is moving on to accept a job in the Trump Administration, meaning current Kansas Lieutenant Gov. Jeff Colyer will be stepping in to the position. 

Colyer, from Overland Park, says he is ready to work with both Republicans and Democrats when he becomes governor. 

"I want people to know that I'm going to listen," Colyer said. "We're going to get things done but we're going to start bringing people together."

A husband and father of three, Colyer says he is focused on moving the state forward. 

Colyer has served alongside Brownback for years. According to Morning Consult, Brownback is one of the most unpopular governors in the country, only behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. 

Colyer says though he enjoyed serving with Brownback, he is his own man. 

"Sam Brownback is my friend," Colyer said. "He's going to be a great ambassador and he's going to serve our country well. But I'm my own man."

Colyer will take over a state where tax cuts championed by Brownback have led to problems. Lawmakers have struggled to fund schools and balance the budget. 

The future governor points out that "many moderate Republicans and conservative Republicans in the House and Senate" vote for the tax cuts. 

He adds that he is looking to change the tone in Topeka. 

While there is already speculation Colyer could run for his own term in 2018, he says he's just looking to do his job. 

"My focus is on being governor right now," he said. "I'm listening to a lot of people and there's a lot of noise right now."

When Colyer takes over the state is unknown at this time.

The exact date depends on when the U.S. Senate confirms Brownback at his new position as the United States' next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

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