State Senator, and former congressional candidate, Jim Barnett announced Wednesday that he is resigning from the Kansas Senate, effective Oct. 1. His term was scheduled to be up in 2012.
Barnett did not give a reason for leaving the senate early. However, according to the Associated Press, he intends to announce his future plans sometime next week.
Barnett was the Republican nominee for governor in 2006, losing to Kathleen Sebelius. He came in second to 1st District GOP nominee Tim Huelskamp in the Aug. 3 primary, with approximately 10,000 fewer votes. He was able to secure support in the east part of the district, willing 11 counties, but that did not carry over the its central and western portions.
The 17th District Republican Central Committee will hold a convention to determine who will serve the remainder of Barnett’s term. The date for that has not yet been set.