Rep. Camp won’t run for Michigan Senate seat

August 16, 2013

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) announced Friday that he will not seek Michigan's open Senate seat in 2014.

Rep. Dave Camp (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

"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," Camp said in a 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.”

Camp becomes the second member of the state's GOP congressional delegation to turn down the race after giving it some thought. Rep. Mike Rogers previously opted not to run.

Former secretary of state Terri Lynn Land is currently the biggest name in the GOP primary. Oakland County judge Kim Small is also considering running for the seat.

On the Democratic side, Rep. Gary Peters is the presumptive nominee and isn't expected to face a big-name opponent.

Republicans still hope to make the seat competitive following Sen. Carl Levin's (D-Mich.) retirement, but for now Michigan remains a second-tier target on a map with lots of other opportunities.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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