Senator John Barrasso was sworn in to the United States Senate in 2007 after being appointed to the position following the death of Senator Craig Thomas. Barrasso was then elected, in a special election, to the United States Senate on November 4, 2008. Senator Barrasso announced today that he will be filing the paperwork in Cheyenne to run for re-election and for his first full term as U.S. Senator from Wyoming.

To me filing is just like putting in an application for a job. Elections are not rewards for past activities, they are about the future.

Senator Barrasso joined us this morning for the announcement.

During 24 years as an orthopedic surgeon in Casper, Barrasso served as President of the Wyoming Medical Society and was named Wyoming Physician of the Year. He also served as medical director of the Wyoming Health Fairs, bringing low-cost health screening exams to people all around the Cowboy State.

Barrasso is known throughout Wyoming for his health messages. His public service announcements have been on TV, radio and in numerous newspapers for more than 20 years. Barrasso has also hosted Wyoming’s efforts on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.

Senator Barrasso serves on the Republican leadership team as the Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus.

Senator Barrasso serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Indian Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Barrasso has three children – Peter, Emma and Hadley.  He and his wife Bobbi live in Casper.

Senator Barrasso to this point has one challenger, Thomas Bleming (R) of Lusk.