A Great Bend physician has announced his candidacy for Congress in Kansas’ First Congressional District. Dr. Roger Marshall is making the announcement during stops on a 17-community announcement tour across Kansas.
According to Marshall’s campaign, he is a pro-life conservative republican. In a media release, Marshall said “I want to be clear, I am not announcing to run against anyone. I am announcing that I am running for Congress. I am running because I have seen firsthand the unnecessary government intervention in the health care, agriculture, banking and energy sectors. I want to establish an effective plan for turning back this tide. We have to if we are going to leave future generations the land of opportunity America has always been.”
A native Kansan and lifelong Republican, Marshall was raised on a farm and is involved in a cattle-feeder operation. He served as chairman of Great Bend Regional Hospital for 14 years. A graduate of both Kansas State University and KU Medical School, Marshall recently completed a year as Governor of Rotary International’s District 5670 which covers 30 Rotary clubs throughout western Kansas.
Marshall has served on the board of a local bank that has been providing services in rural Kansas for more than 100 years. In addition, Marshall is a Commissioner of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Marshall and his wife of 32 years, Laina, have four children and recently became grandparents for the first time.
Marshall is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who filed for reelection last week on Friday. Huelskamp, who was reelected this past November, has held the office since the start of 2011.
The congressional seat comes up for reelection in 2016.