Sen. Rick Billinger announced today he will be running to retain his seat in the Kansas Senate’s 40th District.

In a press release sent from his wife’s email account, Billinger said being a farm owner and operator keeps him familiar with agricultural issues important to Kansas and his district.

“It’s one of the greatest honors of my life to be able to advocate for the western part of this great state,” he said in the release.

Billinger described himself in the release as “Pro-life, Pro-Business and Pro-2nd Amendment.”

Billinger began his political service as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives in 2011 before being elected to the Senate in 2017 where he is honored to serve as the Vice Chair of the Ways and Means Committee and Chair of that group’s Corrections and Labor and Human Rights Subcommittees.

He is also the Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on State Building Construction and Vice Chair of the Financial Institutions, Insurance Committee and Pensions and Benefits. Senator Billinger also serves as a member of the Agricultural Committee.

He has been married to his wife Rita for 44 years. They have three grown children and five grandchildren and have lived in Northwest Kansas for their entire life.