Republican Rep. Tom Cox on Monday announced he will seek the District 10 seat in the Kansas senate that’s been occupied by Mary Pilcher-Cook since 2009, setting up a potential primary contest in the summer of 2020.
Cox said he had been pondering a run for the seat for some time before he came to a final decision over the April break.
“I have had people approaching me about the idea since I got reelected [to the House] last year — a mix of constituents and elected leaders — and thought about it a lot,” he said. “As the session went on, I realized that a lot of the things we kept trying to get done in the House were getting blocked in the senate. And that as a resident of this senate district, I was being represented by someone who is one of the major blockers.”