The Washington Times - December 5, 2011, 07:27PM

Maryland Sen. Nancy Jacobs announced Monday she has formed an exploratory committee to consider running for Congress next year against Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger III.

The committee will allow Mrs. Jacobs, Harford Republican, to raise money as she considers a run against Mr. Ruppersberger, a Democrat who has represented the state’s 2nd District since 2003.


“Congress exists to serve the people and they are failing miserably,” she said in a statement. “It’s time to shake things up in D.C.”

Mrs. Jacobs has served in the state Senate since 1999, and was Senate minority leader during this year’s regular and special sessions. She stepped down as leader in October — a move she said would allow her more time to consider runs for Congress, governor or Harford County executive.

She is not the only Republican eyeing the congressional seat, as Republicans Steven Bowen and Larry Smith have already filed to challenge Mr. Ruppersberger.

Delegate Patrick L. McDonough, Baltimore County Republican, has also said he is considering entering the race.