Senate Ag Chairman and Kansas Republican Pat Roberts announced Friday he will not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate next year. During his announcement in Manhattan, Roberts said he has “always proudly been a champion for agriculture.” Roberts is in his fourth term in the Senate and previously served four terms in the House. He’s also the only Congressman to ever serve two terms as each chamber’s Ag Committee chairperson. Roberts’ counterpart on the Senate Ag Committee, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, released a statement after the announcement, calling Roberts a “true friend” who “always puts the needs of our farmers and ranchers first.” This marks the first major vacancy announcement for the 2020 election, prompting the beginning of a fierce contest for a seat that’s been reliably Republican since 1919.
From NAFB News Service