Rep. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallKansas approves using M in federal funds to increase nurses' pay Photos of the Week: Infrastructure vote, India floods and a bear Kansas Republican asks for investigation into ESPN's role in Texas and Oklahoma moving to SEC MORE (R-Kan.) on Saturday officially announced his bid to replace retiring Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsBob Dole, Pat Roberts endorse Kansas AG Derek Schmidt for governor Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain MORE (R-Kan.), joining a crowded GOP race.
Marshall, a two-term congressman, declared his candidacy at the Kansas State Fair following months of speculation that he would join the primary field.
“I’m running to protect our way of life in Kansas — our values, our jobs, our children, our farms, our ranches, our dairies,” he said during his announcement.
“You can tell what kind of senator I’ll be from the kind of Kansan I’ve been. I grew up here in Kansas, served my country and then served my community by having the honor of performing the most humbling act of all, bringing human life into the world most every day for over 25 years,” he said.
"Everything I needed to know I learned right here in Kansas. It’s my Kansas roots and my faith, my family and my community that has guided my entire life and guides me today. I answered the call to serve Kansans in the Big First, and now I want to answer that call again to serve all Kansans across this great state.”
Marshall joins former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, former Kansas City Chiefs player Dave Lindstrom, conservative commentator Bryan Pruitt and President of the Kansas Senate Susan Wagle in the race for the Republican nomination.
Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPoll: Biden, Trump statistically tied in favorability Majority of voters disapprove of execution of Afghanistan withdrawal: poll Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant MORE also traveled to the state this week and gave a series of interviews to local media outlets, though he has not indicated whether he might enter the primary as well despite the urging of Senate GOP leaders.
"I hear all the speculation. There’s a lot of people thinking about my future a lot more than I am," he said in one local interview. "I spend my days focused on delivering American foreign policy around the world, every hour, every day. That’s what I’m doing. I never vary from that."