Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas Friday announced he will not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2020 and will retire at the end of this term and the 116th Congress. The current Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman has served eight terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and four terms in the U.S. Senate. Roberts has chaired six committees and is the only two-time chairman of both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees in congressional history.
Making his announcement Friday in Manhattan, Kansas, the Senator said he’s “always proudly been a champion for agriculture.” Just last month Roberts helped pass a new farm bill, his eighth farm bill during his tenure on Capitol Hill. In a statement following the announcement, Senate Ag Committee Ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow called Roberts a “true friend” who “always puts the needs of our farmers and ranchers first.”