Kansas Senator Pat Roberts announced today his retirement from the U.S. Senate at the end of his current term. The Kansas Corn Growers Association released the following statement by KCGA CEO Greg Krissek:
“I can’t think of a lawmaker who is more in touch with U.S. and Kansas agriculture, and it’s hard for us to consider a future without Pat Roberts as a Kansas senator,” KCGA CEO Greg Krissek said. “Farmers in Kansas and across the nation have benefited from Senator Roberts’ insightful and dedicated leadership in the Senate–especially his work on the Senate Ag Committee.”
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today issued the following statement regarding Senator Pat Roberts’ (R-Kan.) plan to retire from the United States Senate at the end of his term in 2020:
“Senator Pat Roberts has had an impressive tenure as a leader in both the House and the Senate, and has served Kansans honorably as chairman of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Ethics Committee. Pat’s leadership, wit and ability to bring individuals on both sides of the aisle together, skills he honed in service to our nation as a U.S. Marine, will be missed in Congress. It’s been an honor to work with the senior senator from Kansas on behalf of our state. Thank you, Pat, for your friendship and many years of service.”
Governor Jeff Colyer released the following statement regarding the retirement of U.S. Senator Pat Roberts:
“Senator Pat Roberts has spent more than 30 years serving the people of Kansas, and during that time he has been a shining example of statesmanship. The work that he has done for our state, especially in the agricultural sector, is second to none. Throughout his time in office, Kansans have been able to rely on Pat Roberts’ expertise, energy, and gravitas. It is essential that our next U.S. Senator bring these same qualities to the job.”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement regarding U.S. Senator and Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Pat Roberts’ decision to not seek reelection:
“Throughout his career, Pat Roberts has been a true champion for American agriculture and for Kansas farmers, ranchers, and families.
“Day in and day out, he defines what it means to be a consensus builder. As my true friend and partner on the Senate Agriculture Committee, he always puts the needs of our farmers and ranchers first and never wavers in his commitment to getting things done.
“It is an honor to serve with him and I look forward to working with him over the next two years on the important issues facing our farmers and families.”
Veteran Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is preparing to announce whether he will seek re-election in 2020.
Roberts scheduled a “special announcement” for Friday morning at the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s headquarters in Manhattan. Roberts is chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and is making the announcement weeks after Congress approved a massive farm bill.
Spokeswoman Stacey Daniels said the senator will announce his plans, declining to say whether he will seek re-election.
Roberts is 82 and is serving his fourth term in the Senate. He began his career on Capitol Hill as an aide in 1967.
His longevity became a political liability during tough primary and general election races in 2014.