Iowa State Senator Jack Whitver has decided not to enter the race to fill Iowa’s Third Congressional District seat. Whitver (R-Ankeny) was giving serious consideration to the bid following Congressman Tom Latham’s retirement announcement two weeks ago.
“After a lot of thought and a lot of prayer, I decided that I want to stay in the Iowa Senate and continue to work on state issues,” Whitver told TheIowaRepublican.com. “While running for Congress would be exciting and would provide an opportunity to help straighten out the federal government, we have a tremendous opportunity in 2014 to take a majority and change the state of Iowa for decades to come. I look forward to running for re-election in the Iowa Senate in 2014.”
Whitver plans to run for the position of whip of the Iowa Senate Republicans. The whip is the second highest ranked official in the senate minority, following the leader. Bill Dix (R-Shell Rock) is the senate minority leader.
The position of whip for the Iowa Senate Republicans became open when Sen. Rick Bertrand (R-Sioux City) announced he would resign the position in order to focus on his own 2014 reelection. Republicans will elect their new whip on January 7.
State Senator Brad Zaun plans to announce his bid for Congress very soon. Others who have expressed interest in the job include State Senators Jake Chapman and Charles Schneider, State Rep. Rob Taylor and businessman Robert Cramer. Des Moines teacher Joe Grandanette announced plans to run for the seat prior to Latham’s retirement.
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