U.S. Rep. Ken Buck put an end to speculation he’ll challenge Michael Bennet for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat, and announced Monday he will run for reelection to his own House seat.

Buck has served four terms in Congress, and one term as chairman of the state GOP.

His is considered a safe Republican seat, and there was some speculation that if Buck ran for Senate, Cory Gardner would run for his old congressional seat. 

That seemed unlikely, and so it was.

In making his announcement, Buck said:

“President Biden and his liberal allies are trying to take away our God-given rights. Their tax-and-spend policies will create more big government and less freedom for Americans. The liberals want to dictate which doctor we can see, which gun we can own and which kind of car we can buy. My name Is Ken Buck, and I’m here to put a stop to this. The American experiment runs on freedom, and I plan on keeping it that way.”

Buck represents the 4th Congressional District that encompasses Weld County, portions of Douglas County, and the Eastern Plains.

While Bennet has drawn at least one possible Democrat challenger — Joe Salazar — no Republican has announced a challenge for the general election next year.