Pompeo has reportedly not made any decisions on this matter, however, Republicans in the Senate are actively persuading him to anounce his candidacy.
Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman (2011-2017) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director, was approved as US Secretary of State in April of last year. Unlike his predecessor Rex Tillerson, Pompeo reportedly has a good relationship with Donald Trump and generally adheres to the president’s foreign policy line.
Secretaries of state resign in the United States after the first term of the US president, even if the head of state is re-elected for a second term. This is not a tradition nor a duty of the Secretary of State to step down, however, over the past 40 years, only two secretaries of state, Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, have served for two consecutive presidential terms.
After his service in the army, Pompeo entered Harvard Law School. Pompeo combined his studies with work at the university's law journal.
After graduating in 1994, he was employed by the law firm Williams & Connolly and worked in Washington. In 1996, Pompeo became a co-founder of the Thayer Aerospace firm, the share in which he sold 10 years later. Having sold his interest, Pompeo took charge of the oil field equipment company Sentry International.