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Roger Wayne Marshall (born August 9, 1960) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 1st congressional district since 2017. A member of the Republican Party, his district—popularly known as "the Big First"—is vast and mostly rural, stretching across all or part of 63 counties, nearly half the state's landmass; it is the seventh-largest district in the nation that does not cover an entire state.

An obstetrician by occupation, Marshall was first elected to Congress in 2016 after defeating incumbent Tim Huelskamp in the Republican primary. He currently is the dean of Kansas's U.S. House of Representatives delegation. On September 7, 2019, he announced his bid for the United States Senate in the 2020 election, for the seat being vacated by Pat Roberts.

Pre-political life

Marshall was born in El Dorado, Kansas.[1] He attended Butler Community College[2] before attending Kansas State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.[3]

Marshall has served as chairman of the Board of Great Bend Regional Hospital and has been a district governor of Rotary International. He also served seven years in the United States Army Reserve reaching the rank of captain.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives

Marshall's first official portrait
(115th Congress)

2016 campaign

Marshall ran against incumbent Tim Huelskamp in the Republican Party primary election for Kansas's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Marshall ran with the support of many of the state's agricultural groups, who were angered at Huelskamp losing his seat on the House Agriculture Committee, the first time in a century that a Kansan had not been on that panel.[5] Huelskamp's campaign said that Marshall had attacked a neighbor with his truck. Marshall was charged with two offenses, pleading guilty to the lesser of the two charges.[6]

On August 2, 2016, Marshall defeated Huelskamp in the Republican primary, 56 percent to 44 percent. No Democrat even filed to run.[7] However, any Democratic candidate would have faced nearly impossible odds. The district had a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+24, tied for the 19th-most Republican district in the nation, and the Democrats had only garnered as much as 30 percent of the vote twice since 1992.

In the general election, Marshall won handily, defeating independent Alan LaPolice and Libertarian Kerry Burt with 65.9 percent of the vote.

Marshall's candidacy was endorsed by the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas Livestock Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers, and the Kansas Farm Bureau, an affiliate of the American Farm Bureau Federation.[7][8]


Marshall was sworn into office on January 3, 2017. He is a member of the both the conservative Republican Study Committee [9] and the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership[10] He is also a member of the Congressional Western Caucus.[11]

Committee assignments

Senate campaign

On September 7, 2019; Marshall announced he would give up his House seat and run for the Senate seat being vacated by four-term fellow Republican Pat Roberts.[12] Marshall was attempting to follow in the footsteps of three previous congressmen from the "Big First"–Bob Dole, Jerry Moran and Roberts. Due to its vast size (it covers half the state's landmass, two time zones and three television markets), the 1st's congressman is usually reckoned as a statewide political figure.

Political positions


Marshall has criticized the Environmental Protection Agency and supports reducing its authority.[13] Marshall supports the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires corn-based ethanol to be blended with gasoline; corn is produced in Marshall's district.[14]

Health care

Marshall supports repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).[15] Like many other Republicans who want the "health care system to rely on the free market rather than Obamacare's regulations", Marshall "measures success in how many people can afford to leave the Medicaid program and enter the private insurance market."[15] In opposing the Act's Medicaid expansion, Marshall said in an interview in March 2017, "Just, like, homeless people... I think just morally, spiritually, socially, (some people) just don't want health care. The Medicaid population, which is [on] a free credit card, as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising. And I'm not judging, I'm just saying socially that's where they are. So there's a group of people that even with unlimited access to health care are only going to use the emergency room when their arm is chopped off or when their pneumonia is so bad they get brought [into] the ER."[15] Those who support Medicaid, say that Marshall did not understand how Kansas Medicaid operates. The program provides "medical coverage for low-income families and disabled Kansans".[15][16] Marshall's remark attracted widespread attention and criticism.[17][18][19]

Marshall voted in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017 which would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act.[20]


Marshall, who represents a rural district, supports farm subsidies, such as federal crop insurance. Marshall's support for subsidies gained him the 2016 endorsement of the (KFB) in the Republican primary, in which he prevailed over Representative Tim Huelskamp. The KFB opposed Huelskamp's own opposition to some farm subsidies.[21][22]

In December 2017, Marshall voted in support of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[23]


Marshall supported President Donald Trump's Executive Order 13769, which barred the nationals of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.[24] However, Marshall supports an immigration bill with a pathway to citizenship for people not living in the US legally; such legislation is supported by the agriculture lobby, which is powerful in Marshall's district.[14][25]


Marshall is anti-abortion.[13][26]


Marshall is not "convinced" that medical marijuana is safe and provides medicinal benefits. In early 2017, he stated "I'm not convinced yet so I'm going to be very cautious," regarding the legalization of medical marijuana, "I think there's a path there, but I just haven't seen enough scientific data to say it's a good thing,"[27]

Personal life

Marshall lives in Great Bend, Kansas, where he practiced medicine.[28] He and his wife, Laina, have four children.[29]

On January 31, 2018, Marshall was a passenger on a chartered Amtrak train involved in the 2018 Crozet, Virginia train crash. He administered first aid and CPR to the injured.[30]

Electoral history

Kansas's 1st congressional district, 2016

Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Roger Marshall 58,808 56.5%
Republican Tim Huelskamp (incumbent) 45,315 43.5%
Total 104,123 100%
General election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Roger Marshall 166,051 66.2%
Independent Alan LaPolice 66,218 26.4%
Libertarian Kerry Burt 18,415 7.4%
Total 250,684 100%


  1. ^ Special to the Sentinel Roger Marshall's office (May 28, 2015). "Marshall announces republican candidacy". Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  2. ^ Giffin, John. "EHS alum Rep. Roger Marshall talks issues with students at Futures Fair". Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Hogg, Dale (August 2, 2016). "Marshall Wins in Upset". Great Bend Tribune.
  5. ^ Tate, Curtis (July 22, 2016). "Firebrand Kansas congressman feels heat in Republican primary". McClatchy Washington Bureau.
  6. ^ 911 call featured in Huelskamp campaign ad led to Marshall pleading no contest to misdemeanor in 2008, , Mary Clarkin, June 2, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Robertson, Joe (August 2, 2016). "Tea party's Tim Huelskamp ousted by challenger Roger Marshall in Kansas congressional race". The Kansas City Star.
  8. ^ Staff (August 2, 2016). "Roger Marshall wins Kansas Republican primary against Tea Party incumbent". The Guardian.
  9. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  11. ^ "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Brufke, Julie Grace (September 7, 2019). "Rep. Roger Marshall launches Kansas Senate bid". The Hill. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  13. ^ a b Sunnivie Brydum, Antigay Kansas Rep. Won't Be Returning to Congress, The Advocate (August 3, 2016).
  14. ^ a b Curtis Tate, Firebrand Kansas congressman feels heat in Republican primary, McClatchy DC (July 22, 2016).
  15. ^ a b c d Lev Facher (March 3, 2017). "Two months ago, this doctor was delivering babies. Now he's at the nexus of the Obamacare fight". Stat via Boston Globe Media. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  16. ^ Bryan Lowry (May 5, 2017). "Poor 'just don't want health care,' congressman says, and the backlash begins". Miami Herald. Great Bend, Kansas. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  17. ^ "Poor 'don't want health care,' Kansas congressman says, and the backlash begins". Kansas City Star. March 8, 2017.
  18. ^ Jonathan Chait (March 3, 2017). "Republican Congressman: Repeal Obamacare Because Poor People Don't Want to Be Healthy". New York.
  19. ^ Peter Sullivan (March 3, 2017). "GOP rep: Some people 'just don't want healthcare'". The Hill.
  20. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 256". Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  21. ^ Justin Wingerter, Kansas Farm Bureau endorses Roger Marshall over Rep. Tim Huelskamp: Support of KFB is noteworthy in rural 1st District, Topeka Capital Journal (July 8, 2016).
  22. ^ Danielle Bernstein, Kansas Lawmaker Who Opposed Farm Bill Faces Blowback, Bloomberg News (July 19, 2016).
  23. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (December 19, 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  24. ^ Blake, Aaron (January 31, 2017). "Whip Count: Here's where Republicans stand on Trump's controversial travel ban".
  25. ^ Justin Wingerter, Congressional challenger Roger Marshall supports paths for immigrants, block grants to replace ACA, Topeka Capital-Journal (July 16, 2015).
  26. ^ Curtis Tate, Tea party Rep. Tim Huelskamp heading to defeat in Kansas Republican primary, McClatchy DC (August 2, 2016).
  27. ^ "Congressman Marshall "not convinced" on medical marijuana". JC Post. February 28, 2017. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  28. ^ "Physician Marshall ousts US Rep. Huelskamp in Kansas primary". Archived from the original on August 5, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  29. ^ Mary Clarkin. "Marshall announces Senate run - News - PrattTribune - Pratt, KS - Pratt, KS". PrattTribune. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  30. ^ KWCH. "Dr. Roger Marshall performs CPR on train-crash patient". Retrieved May 15, 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tim Huelskamp
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Kansas's 1st congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Al Lawson
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Brian Mast