Saying she’d do the most to fight the federal health care law, Rep. Brenda Landwehr has officially launched a Republican primary challenge for the Senate seat now held by Sen. Jean Schodorf.
Landwehr, who has served in the House since 1995, will give up nearly guaranteed re-election in 2012 to face Schodorf, a 10-year incumbent who placed second in last year’s Republican primary in the 4th Congressional District.
The race offers a clear-cut contrast.
Landwehr is a leader of the House conservative wing and known for long-term opposition to abortion and more recently, the federal Affordable Care Act.
She is chairwoman of the House Health and Human Services Committee and vice-chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Health Policy Oversight.
Schodorf is identified with the more moderate wing of the Republican Party and is considered one of the Legislature’s leaders on education.
She is Senate majority whip and also serves as chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee and the joint Legislative Educational Planning Committee.
Opposition to President Obama’s health-care reform act — which Republicans derisively call “Obamacare” — was an issue that propelled the GOP to sweeping victories in Kansas and across the nation in 2010.
Landwehr is hoping that issue still galvanizes Republican voters. Read More