Barry Grissom

Barry Grissom, former Kansas U.S. attorney and University of Kansas alumnus, announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by current Sen. Pat Roberts.

Grissom, a Democrat, was first selected as the U.S. attorney for Kansas in 2010. His work focused on building community relationships and increasing efficiencies for the taxpayers, according to the press release in which he announced his campaign. 

“Now 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 the release. 

Grissom graduated from the University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He went on to study law at Oklahoma City University. 

Grissom is running for Roberts’ seat after Roberts announced his retirement in January. Roberts has served in the Senate since 1997. 

“We face enormous challenges here in Kansas that are uniquely Kansan,” Grissom said, “and I’m running to make sure our concerns are heard in Washington.”