Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2016.
Kander is the first Democrat to launch a challenge to Republican Sen. Roy Blunt. The Kansas Citian announced his candidacy Thursday with a written statement and a video.
Kander was elected as secretary of state in 2012 and previously served in the Missouri House. He also served eight years in the Army, including duty in Afghanistan.