Rep. Tom Cox announces he’s running for Mary Pilcher-Cook’s seat in Kansas senate

Rep. Tom Cox will seek a move from the House to the Senate in the 2020 election cycle.

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.”