TOPEKA — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been elected Midwest regional chairman for the National Association of Attorneys General, Schmidt’s office said Tuesday.

Schmidt, a former state senator who previously represented Franklin County residents, was elected to the post by the attorneys general from states in the Midwest region for the national, nonpartisan organization that includes all state and territorial attorneys general, a news release said. The states in the Midwest include Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

As regional chair, Schmidt is expected to serve on the executive committee for the national organization and will help guide its decision making. In recent years, initiatives of the National Association of Attorneys General have included combating human trafficking, protecting consumer privacy and promoting child safety, the release said.