Jan. 7, 2019: U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican, announced on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, that he plans to retire in 2020 instead of running for re-election. Roberts, 82, has been in office for four terms in the U.S. Senate. He was last re-elected to his seat in 2014. Roberts said he had the "honor and privilege" of representing Kansas for sixteen years in the U.S. House of Representatives and for twenty-two years, as of 2018, in the U.S. Senate. "I will serve the remainder of this term as your senator, fighting for Kansas in these troubled times," Roberts said. "However, I will not be a candidate in 2020 for a fifth Senate term." Roberts is currently the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Roberts is the second Republican U.S. Senator to announce that he will not run again in 2020, following Tennessee's Lamar Alexander.