Jan 4, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Sen. Pat Roberts won't seek re-election in 2020

Pat Roberts

Sen. Pat Robers (R-Kan.). Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) announced Friday he will not be seeking re-election in 2020.

Why it matters: Roberts is the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and recently helped pass an $867 billion farm bill approved by every Senate Democrat — a significant bipartisan achievement, per the Washington Post. He will retire in 2020 alongside Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), another long-serving Republican senator who has announced he will not seek re-election.

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