Roberts poised to be oldest Kansas US senator

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HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP) – Pat Roberts is poised to become the oldest Kansan ever to serve in the U.S. Senate if he makes it through re-election next year.

Roberts has served continuously in Washington for more than 32 years. Roberts turned 77 on Saturday and has drawn no Republican or Democratic challenger so far.

His campaign announced recently it had raised more than $1 million and has secured the backing of the entire Kansas delegation in Washington.

The oldest Kansan to serve in the U.S. Senate is Topeka Republican Arthur Capper, who retired in January 1949 at the age of 83. If Roberts is re-elected, he would be 84 when his term ended in January 2021. More than half of the 100 Senate members are 60 or over. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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