Departing Kansas Gov. Colyer considering Senate race in 2020

January 7, 2019
Departing Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer speaks during a news conference as Attorney General Derek Schmidt watches behind him, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The two Republicans plan to consider running for the U.S. Senate now that incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has said he will not seek re-election in 2020. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Departing Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has confirmed that he’s considering running for the U.S. Senate in 2020 now that four-term incumbent Republican Pat Roberts won’t seek re-election.

Colyer said Monday during a news conference that he and his wife are “strongly looking at” the race.

A spokesman said Attorney General Derek Schmidt would be speaking to family, friends and supporters. Schmidt told reporters Monday, “Why wouldn’t you look at it?”

American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said Saturday on SiriusXM radio’s “CPAC 365” program that he will seriously consider the race. Schlapp grew up in Wichita.

Republican Rep. Roger Marshall also is considering the race.

Another potential GOP candidate is departing Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. He lost the governor’s race in November after defeating Colyer in the primary.