State Rep. Kevin Yoder (R) wasted little time acting on Rep. Dennis Moore's (D-Kan.) retirement announcement, opening an exploratory committee this morning.

Yoder, an attorney, made the announcement in a press release.

He is currently in his fourth term in the state House, where he serves as chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

"As our nation faces unprecedented challenges, we must have new energy and a fresh response" Yoder said. "Wasteful overspending in Washington threatens to bankrupt our nation's future.  Government must learn to live within its means and we must endeavor to reduce bureaucracy and barriers to success."