Roger (“Doc”) Marshall (R-Kan.) was sworn in to the U.S. Senate on Jan. 3, 2021 as the junior senator from Kansas. A physician based in Great Bend, he first ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 and served Kansas’ 1st Congressional District from 2017–21.
Marshall earned his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University before pursuing medical studies at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completing his OBGYN residency at the University of South Florida’s Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Prior to getting into politics, he served as president of the Barton County [Kansas] Medical Society, vice chairman of the Board of Farmers Bank and Trust, and as a Kansas commissioner of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism.
In September 2021, just months after becoming a senator, Marshall was accused of violating the STOCK Act over trades made by his dependent children during the early days of the pandemic. His children allegedly made as much as $15,000 in equities trades in 2020 that the then-congressman failed to report in a timely manner as required by law.
After the 2020 presidential election, Marshall adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of the outcome and helping to spread the Big Lie. He objected to certifying the Electoral College win by President Biden and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special commission to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- Shortly after he evacuated the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, Marshall tweeted: “We need to get back to the Chamber and finish our work—TONIGHT.” He then went ahead with refusing to certify the election of Biden as president, joining 146 other Republicans in Congress.
- Marshall objected to the formation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, claiming it lacked bipartisan support. He added that Senate Democrats were trying to “shame conservatives” and “relitigate President Trump’s actions on Jan. 6th, for the 100th time.”
- Marshall voted to acquit former President Trump in the impeachment proceedings over his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection. “Not only is it unconstitutional to impeach a President after he leaves office,” he claimed, “I firmly believe an impeachment effort at this juncture will only raise already heated temperatures of the American public and further divide our country….”
- Marshall, like all but a handful of Republican senators, voted against establishing a commission to investigate the violent attack on the Capitol.
The Big Lie
- As early as Aug. 25, 2020, Marshall made predictions of “mass fraud” related to mail-in voting for the 2020 presidential election.
- Marshall was one of six senators to object to the Arizona election results, leading the Lincoln Project to include him on its list of “The Seditious Six” senators whose votes signaled support for the mob that attacked the Capitol.
- In March 2021, Marshall characterized H.R. 1/S.1, the federal voter protection legislation also known as the For the People Act, as “an unconstitutional power grab by Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer.”
- On May 3, 2021, Marshall said in an interview that he “was concerned then and [still is] that six states broke their own laws or their own constitution,” adding: “but it’s time to move on.”
- Despite objecting to the outcome of the presidential election, in a December 2021 interview on CNN Marshall claimed that he “absolutely” believes he was elected fairly in 2020. But as for the legitimacy of President Biden’s win, he said: “I still remain concerned about election integrity. I think that we need to go back and [ask]: Did the states obey their own laws? Did they obey their own constitution?”