Republican state Sen. Jeremy Miller says he will not run against DFL Congressman Tim Walz in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District next fall.
Miller, a two-term senator from Winona, had been considering a run for the seat after being approached by several “major players” trying to recruit him over the last several weeks. But with twin sons on the way and responsibilities to run his family’s scrap metal processing business, Miller said Friday that “the timing just isn’t right for Congress.”
Here is Miller’s full statement:
“Over the past few weeks, I have been approached by several people who have asked me to run for Minnesota’s First Congressional District seat in 2014. I’m honored to be thought of as a potential candidate for this position and when someone asks you to run for United States Congress, I believe it deserves a strong look. After thoughtful consideration, Janel and I have decided that with our young and growing family (16 month old son and expecting twin boys in August), my responsibilities in our family’s fourth generation recycling business and my role as District 28 State Senator, the timing just isn’t right to run for Congress. I’m focused on being the best husband and father I can be along with running a successful small business and continuing to serve the people of Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties as a member of the Minnesota Senate.”
Walz is serving his fourth term in Congress after beating GOP challenger Allen Quist by more than 15 points last fall.