Paul Davis exploring run for Congress

TOPEKA, Kan. Paul Davis, former House Democratic leader who ran against Sam Brownback for governor in 2014, is exploring a run to represent Kansas' Second Congressional District in 2018, Topeka station WIBW reports.

WIBW reporter Shawn Wheat says Davis, from Lawrence, is launching an exploratory campaign to challenge for the Congressional seat currently occupied by Lynn Jenkins.

The Second Congressional District covers much of eastern Kansas, but does not include the Kansas City metro area.

Davis' run would be as a private citizen. The 44-year-old attorney served in the Kansas House from 2003 until his 2014 run for governor.

If he does decide to run, Davis says he hopes he can bring a bipartisan voice to Washington, D.C.

"Right now more than ever, Congress needs people who want to attack problems and understand it's going to take Democrats and Republicans working together to do that," Davis says.

Thursday, former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, running for governor in 2018, issued the following statement on Davis' possible congressional run:

“Paul Davis is a passionate public servant that will take Kansas common sense to fight the gridlock in Washington DC. Tuesday’s (Fourth Congressional District special) election is proof that Kansas is at a tipping point in rejecting Brownback’s and the GOP’s failed policies. Paul Davis is the leader the 2nd District has been waiting for to restore balance for Kansas.”