Tiahrt preparing for Senate race in Kansas

TOPEKA | Rep. Todd Tiahrt is laying the groundwork for a Senate campaign and says he's "very serious about doing this."

Tiahrt told The Associated Press that he's been traveling the state and making numerous phone calls about a Senate bid in 2010.

He says he has received a lot of support and plans to make an announcement soon about a steering committee.

He would be seeking the seat now held by Sam Brownback, a fellow Republican who is widely expected to run for governor in 2010. Rep. Jerry Moran, also a Republican, has announced plans to run for the Senate.

Tiahrt represents the 4th District of south-central Kansas. Moran represents the 1st District of western and central Kansas.

Tiahrt was first elected to the House in 1994.