Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner launches bid for U.S. Senate

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Less than a week after Sen. Pat Roberts announced he will not seek reelection in 2020, a fellow Republican has thrown his hat in the ring to replace him.

Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner announced Tuesday he plans to seek the seat.

“Kansas Republicans deserve a candidate for the U.S. Senate who shares their values and is willing to stand up and fight for those values in Washington," said LaTurner. “As a conservative, I will fight every day to represent our Kansas conservative values in Washington.”

LaTurner became the 40th State Treasurer November 6, 2018 replacing Ron Estes, who resigned after six years in office. Before that, he was a member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 13th District from 2013 - 2017.

“Who I am and what I value as a conservative public servant, husband, and father will not change,” LaTurner said.

LaTurner is the first official candidate for the seat Roberts currently holds. Although, departing Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has confirmed that he's considering running.

"I have a number of people who have called me over the weekend encouraging us," Colyer said at a news conference Monday. "We have a busy time running through the tape this next week and getting things. We're going to take a little bit of time off afterwards and we'll be making our decision."