Caryn Tyson, a state senator running for Congress, expressed optimism after traversing the 2nd Congressional District.

“I am greatly encouraged by the very positive response I received during my visit of all 25 counties in the 2nd District,” Tyson, a Republican from Parker, said Monday.

Tyson is running for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins.

“This will be a grassroots campaign,” Tyson said. “I believe the people of the 2nd District are looking for a representative they can trust – someone who will truly listen, someone who represents their values, and someone who has the real-world experience necessary to get the job done.”

A fresh approach is needed in Washington, Tyson said.

“Career politicians aren’t the answer. In fact, they’re the problem. Politicians pretend to be something they’re not but leaders have a record that demonstrates who they are. I trust the people of the 2nd District to pick a leader with proven results who shares their Kansas values.”

Tyson has math and computer science degrees from Kansas State University and an engineering management degree from the University of Kansas.

After graduating, Tyson said she worked for more than 25 years in the information technology industry. Her work included space shuttle support for NASA where she received multiple awards for achievement and teamwork, according to a news release from her campaign.

Tyson has served in the Kansas House and Senate and presently chairs the Senate Tax Committee.

She earned a 100 percent rating from the American Conservative Union in 2016, according to the release.

Tyson said she and her husband, Tim — both fifth generation Kansans — own and operate Tyson Ranch in Linn County, established in 1871 by Tim’s great-great-grandfather.