DES MOINES — Iowa State Sen. Liz Mathis announced Saturday that she will not seek the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, who is running for the U.S. Senate.
Mathis, a Democrat from Robins, said she seriously considered a bid for Iowa's 1st Congressional District but decided instead to focus on her work in the State Senate and her family.
"It really has been a very hard decision, because I spoke to so many people," Mathis said. "As I was looking at it more and more, I still realized I still have a lot of room to grow in my role as a state senator. I have a young daughter who has her senior year, and I don't want to miss that. And I don't want to schedule that."
Mathis does not know yet whom she will support in the race, but she pledged to support the Democratic nominee. She did not rule out a run for higher office at a later date. — AP
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