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Former federal prosecutor Barry Grissom running for U.S. Senate in Kansas

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 11:59:49-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former Kansas U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced he is running for U.S. Senate in Kansas on Monday.

Grissom is running for the seat currently occupied by four-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, who said in January he will not seek reelection.

Grissom served as U.S. attorney for Kansas from 2010 to 2016 as an appointee of democratic President Barack Obama.

He is best known for his work in the investigation and prosecution of the Wichita Airport and Fort Riley bombers.

Grissom said he wants to make sure the state's "uniquely Kansan" concerns are heard in Washington.

"I’m running for the United States Senate, because I know we can do more for our healthcare and rural hospitals, we can fight harder for good paying jobs and education, and we must continue to keep the American people safe," Grissom said in a news release.

He has most recently been an executive in a company that invests in medical marijuana, according to the Associated Press.

Grissom jumped into the race after state Sen. Barbara Bollier said she may seek the Democratic nomination. Bollier won her Kansas City-area district as a moderate Republican and switched parties last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.