State Sen. Caryn Tyson, R-Parker, announced Thursday she will run for the 2nd Congressional District seat in Kansas. The seat is being vacated by Lynn Jenkins, who had represented the district since 2009.

“As a fifth generation Kansan, I was raised to get things done without making excuses,” Tyson said in a news release. “Values like hard work, perseverance, individual liberty and a respect for the dignity of life reflect who I am. “

The state senator also served in the Kansas House. She is currently the chair of the Senate's tax committee.

Tyson has mathematics and computer science degrees from Kansas State University, in addition to an engineering management degree from the University of Kansas.

“I’m troubled that instead of truly listening and delivering results, too many in Washington are defending the status quo,” Tyson said. “Washington has failed us. The people of the 2nd district deserve better. We need to embrace the President’s call to repeal and replace Obamacare, secure our borders, and pass comprehensive tax reform to cut taxes.”

After graduating from college, Tyson worked in information technology for 25 years, which included space shuttle support for NASA.

“Kansans want real results in Washington and leadership that reflects their values,” Tyson said. “My real-world experience and problem-solving skills in technology, business,and agriculture are needed in Congress now more than ever. “

Tyson and her husband, Tim, own and operate Tyson Ranch in Linn County.

Last Week, state Rep. Kevin Jones, R-Wellsville, announced he is running for the Republican nomination for Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District. Former state legislator Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, also has entered the race.