Shortly after Senator Tom Harkin announced he intends to retire in 2014, Rep. Bruce Braley put his hat in to the ring to replace him. That will leave Braley’s congressional seat vacant.
Having previously signaled interest, Iowa senator, Steve Sodders, a Democrat from State Center, announced Sunday he will not be one of those campaigning for the vacancy, stating: “Despite encouragement and the appeal of serving more Iowans in the U.S. Congress, my family and I have decided that I will not run for the U.S. House in 2014.”
Sodders added he was reluctant to give up his leadership position in the state senate, “I love being a citizen-legislator in Iowa, working as a Deputy Sheriff in Marshall County, and serving as a State Senator to my constituents in Marshall, Tama and Black Hawk counties. I have also been entrusted by my Senate colleagues to serve in the leadership position of Senate President Pro Tempore.”
Braley’s First District seat is made up of 20 northeast Iowa counties. So far, two men have announced they’ll run for it, former Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy as well as Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje.