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Roger Marshall
Roger Marshall official portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Tim Huelskamp
Personal details
Born (1960-08-09) August 9, 1960 (age 58)
El Dorado, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Laina Marshall ( m. 1983)
Education Kansas State University ( BS)
University of Kansas School of Medicine ( MD)
Website House website

Roger Wayne Marshall (born August 9, 1960) is an American politician and obstetrician. He is a Republican and the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 1st congressional district. He was elected in 2016.

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 degree in biochemistry. He received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of Kansas. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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. [3]

U.S. House of Representatives

Marshall's first official portrait

On January 31, 2018, Dr. 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. [4]

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]

On August 2, 2016, Marshall defeated Huelskamp in the Republican primary, 56 percent to 44 percent. No Democrat even filed. [6] In the general election, Marshall won handily, defeating independent Alan LaPolice and Libertarian Kerry Burt with 65.9 percent of the vote. However, the 1st is so heavily Republican that any Democratic challenger would have faced nearly impossible odds in any event. With a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+24, it is the 18th most Republican district in the nation, and among districts in the Midwest, only Nebraska's 3rd congressional district is more Republican.

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. [6] [7]


Rep. Marshall was sworn into office on January 3, 2017. He is a member of the Republican Study Committee. [8] He is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership [9] and the Congressional Western Caucus. [10]

Committee assignments

Political stances


Marshall has criticized the Environmental Protection Agency and supports reducing its authority. [11] Marshall supports the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires corn-based ethanol to be blended with gasoline; corn is produced in Marshall's district. [12]

Health care

Marshall supports repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). [13] 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." [13] 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." [13] 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". [14] [13] Marshall's remark attracted widespread attention and criticism. [15] [16] [17]

Marshall voted in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017 which would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act. [18]


Marshall, who is represents a rural district, supports farm subsidies, such as federal crop insurance. Marshall's support for subsidies gained him the 2016 endorsement of the Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) in the Republican primary, in which he prevailed over Representative Tim Huelskamp. The KFB opposed Huelskamp's own opposition to some farm subsidies. [19] [20]

In December 2017, Marshall voted in support of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. [21]


Marshall supported President Donald Trump's Executive Order 13769, which barred the nationals of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. [22] 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. [12] [23]


Marshall is anti-abortion. [11] [24]


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," [25]

Personal life

Marshall currently lives in Great Bend, Kansas, where he practices medicine. [26]

Electoral history

Kansas's 1st congressional district, 2016

Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Roger Marshall 58,808 56.5%
Republican Tim Huelskamp ( inc.) 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. ^ Hogg, Dale (August 2, 2016). "Marshall Wins in Upset". Great Bend Tribune.
  4. ^ KWCH. "Dr. Roger Marshall performs CPR on train-crash patient". Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  5. ^ Tate, Curtis (July 22, 2016). "Firebrand Kansas congressman feels heat in Republican primary". McClatchy Washington Bureau.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Staff (August 2, 2016). "Roger Marshall wins Kansas Republican primary against Tea Party incumbent". The Guardian.
  8. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Sunnivie Brydum, Antigay Kansas Rep. Won't Be Returning to Congress, The Advocate (August 3, 2016).
  12. ^ a b Curtis Tate, Firebrand Kansas congressman feels heat in Republican primary, McClatchy DC (July 22, 2016).
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Poor 'don't want health care,' Kansas congressman says, and the backlash begins". Kansas City Star. March 8, 2017.
  16. ^ Jonathan Chait (March 3, 2017). "Republican Congressman: Repeal Obamacare Because Poor People Don't Want to Be Healthy". New York.
  17. ^ Peter Sullivan (March 3, 2017). "GOP rep: Some people 'just don't want healthcare'". The Hill.
  18. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 256". Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  19. ^ 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).
  20. ^ Danielle Bernstein, Kansas Lawmaker Who Opposed Farm Bill Faces Blowback, Bloomberg News (July 19, 2016).
  21. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (December 19, 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  22. ^ Blake, Aaron (January 31, 2017). "Whip Count: Here's where Republicans stand on Trump's controversial travel ban".
  23. ^ Justin Wingerter, Congressional challenger Roger Marshall supports paths for immigrants, block grants to replace ACA, Topeka Capital-Journal (July 16, 2015).
  24. ^ Curtis Tate, Tea party Rep. Tim Huelskamp heading to defeat in Kansas Republican primary, McClatchy DC (August 2, 2016).
  25. ^ "Congressman Marshall "not convinced" on medical marijuana". JC Post. February 28, 2017. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  26. ^ "Physician Marshall ousts US Rep. Huelskamp in Kansas primary". Archived from the original on August 5, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2016.

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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

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jason Lewis
R- Minnesota
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Brian Mast
R- Florida