Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., said Friday he won’t run for Michigan’s open Senate seat, saying he wants to focus on serving his district and as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
Many in the GOP establishment pressed Camp to run for the statewide seat after Democratic Sen. Carl Levin announced in March he wouldn’t seek a seventh term in 2014.
Camp said he was “deeply humbled” by the encouragement he received to run for Senate but decided against it “after much thought and careful consideration.”
“I will continue to put my full focus and effort on serving my constituents in mid-and northern-Michigan as their representative and as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee,” he said in a prepared statement. “That includes creating a stronger economy by making the tax code more effective and efficient, opening new markets for American goods services, and critical oversight of Obamacare and the IRS.”
Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is now the lone Republican in the race for Levin’s seat, though there is speculation Rep. Justin Amash could run for the party’s nomination. Third-term Rep. Gary Peters is the current Democratic favorite.