U.S. Rep. Ken Buck will run for re-election in the 4th Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck announced Monday that he will run for rerelection in 2022, ending speculation that he might seek higher office or retire after four terms.

“The American experiment runs on freedom, and I plan on keeping it that way,” the Windsor Republican told supporters in a video launching his reelection campaign. “I will do everything in my power to limit big government and protect what makes America the greatest country in the world.”

Buck has represented Colorado’s 4th Congressional District — which includes all of the Eastern Plains along with Weld County and parts of Douglas County — since 2015. He has easily won elections in the staunchly Republican district four times but the district will be redrawn later this year as part of redistricting.

Buck announced in January that he will not challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet next year. He raised questions about his desire to serve in Congress during an HBO documentary that aired last year, saying Congress “has drained me of a certain amount of life” and that nobody there cares about what he has to say.

“I have thought about leaving and I don’t know whether this is my last term or whether I’ll run for one more term,” he told the HBO documentarians during an interview in 2019, suggesting he would not run for reelection in 2022.

But on Monday he announced he would, declaring that he “won’t back down from the corrupt liberals in the swamp and their toxic cancel culture.”

Buck did, however, decide last year not to seek another term as the state’s GOP chairman.

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