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Dave Camp might run for Senate in Michigan

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is considering a bid for Senate next year.

Dave Camp (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post) Dave Camp (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

"It’s a big decision, and I’m going to look at it very carefully and thoughtfully," Camp told Politico. He said he's met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to discuss the race.

Should Camp get in, it would give a boost to Republicans who are looking to make this race competitive. Sen. Carl Levin (D) is retiring, and Democrats have rallied around Rep. Gary Peters. Former Republican Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land is in the race. But the moderate and well-financed Camp could be a strong candidate in the Democratic-leaning state.

The 12-term lawmaker is currently in the spotlight as both the White House and Congress attempt to reform the tax code, one of his major priorities as Ways and Means chair. He is term-limited in that position, however, at the end of 2014.

Justin Amash, a libertarian-oriented House member first elected in 2010, is another potential Republican Senate candidate, as is Oakland County judge Kim Small.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.



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