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Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts to retire in 2020
Roberts, an 82-year-old Republican, announced Friday in Kansas that he will not run for a fifth term.
By James Arkin, POLITICO
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) announced Friday that he will retire in 2020 instead of running for reelection.
Roberts, 82, has served four terms in the Senate and last won reelection in 2014 after facing a bruising Republican primary. His retirement has already sparked interest in his seat from a number of other Kansas Republicans, heralding a potentially crowded 2020 primary though Democrats hope they can make the race competitive after winning the governorship in 2018.
Roberts said he had the "honor and privilege" of representing Kansas for 16 years in the House and 22 years in the Senate.
"I will serve the remainder of this term as your senator, fighting for Kansas in these troubled times," Roberts said. "However, I will not be a candidate in 2020 for a fifth Senate term."
Roberts, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, touted his work championing the issue for his state, including the farm bill that was signed into law late last year, which was the eighth he'd worked on. Roberts also touted his 24-0 record winning elections, saying he was "damned proud of that undefeated record."
In an interview with POLITICO following his announcement, Roberts said he would not follow in the footsteps of Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee, two former senators who did not run for reelection last year and were publicly critical of President Donald Trump.
"I don't think you get anywhere criticizing the president," Roberts said in the telephone interview. "I'm not the conscience of the president. It appears some of the Senate, apparently that was their role. But I had things to do that fell within my committee jurisdiction as chairman."
Roberts also praised Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the top Democrat on the agriculture committee, for the bipartisan work on the farm bill, saying their work was the "exception, not the rule" in an increasingly partisan Congress.
Roberts declined to name a preferred successor for his seat, though he joked that former Sen. Bob Dole, 95, who left the Senate in 1996 to run for president, could clear the primary field. Roberts said he expected Republicans would be able to maintain control of the seat.
Rep. Roger Marshall, who represents Roberts' former House district, has been actively considering a run in recent weeks amid speculation that Roberts would not seek another term.
"Since the moment speculation of Senator Roberts' retirement began, Dr. Marshall's phone has been ringing," Brent Robertson, Marshall's chief of staff, said in a statement. "It's safe to say that while Dr. Marshall is seriously considering it, he is dead set on making sure we get border security funding to the President's desk first. Until then, I don't anticipate any type decision on a Senate run taking priority."
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Senate Ag Chair Roberts to Retire
By John Herath, Farm Journal Media, News Director
via AgWeb - January 4, 2019
Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and four-term Republican senator from Kansas Pat Roberts has announced he will serve out his remaining term and then retire in 2020.
The 82-year-old senator made this announcement at the Kansas Department of Agriculture Friday ending months of speculation on his political future.
Roberts has served as chairman of the Senate Ag Committee since 2015. He is the only person to have chaired both the House and Senate Ag Committees.
The ranking Democrat on the Senate Ag Committee Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) called Roberts 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, Stabenow added in a statement...