Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen is currently one of the most recognizable politicians in the country, having established himself as one of Deputy President (DP) William Ruto's most trusted lieutenants.
His political brilliance first came into play in 2013, when he contested for the Elgeyo-Marakwet senatorial seat on a United Republican Party (URP) ticket, going on to beat long-time political stalwart Nicholas Biwott.
Murkomen later retained his position in 2017 on a Jubilee Party ticket, flooring former Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo.
He had been serving as the Senate Majority Leader until May 12, when the House by Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, formally stripped him of his role, which was then given to West Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio.
During his time in the Senate, Murkomen has sponsored three bills, The County Governments (Amendment)(No.3) Bill, 2014, The Intergovernmental Relations (Amendment) Bill, 2014 and The County Governments (Amendment)(No 4) Bill, 2014.
Murkomen was vocal during the impeachment proceeding of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru. He was one of the standout opponents of the decision to have a special committee to determine the outcome of the motion to impeach Kirinyaga Governor, Anne Waiguru.
"The Senate has sanitized and cleared the Governor of Kirinyaga. It’s done. Don’t wait for the Committee’s decision. To the people of Kirinyaga, I am sorry we did our best but it is finished. Your fight for accountability has been frustrated by the Senate don’t give up use other avenues," he tweeted following the Senate's decision.
He has also publicly expressed his opposition to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) claiming that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila had a plan up their sleeves regarding the 2022 general elections, which would be revealed in due time.
Murkomen also makes occasional media appearances contributing to political issues in the country.
In November 2020, he was named the second best-performing Senator by Infotrak behind Makueni's Mutula Kilonzo Jr.