- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger said Tuesday he will run for re-election to his House seat in 2016, instead of running for the Senate seat that will open up when Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires next year.

Ruppersberger, a Democrat who represents portions of Baltimore city as well as parts of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties, will be seeking his eighth term in the House. After considering a Senate bid, Ruppersberger said he decided he could work better in the House to protect veterans and seniors, as well as maintain a Maryland presence on the House Appropriations Committee.

“Senator Mikulski’s successor has big shoes to fill, and I look forward to working with our next senator to ensure the voice of the Baltimore region continues to be heard loud and clear in our nation’s capital,” Ruppersberger said in a written statement.

Mikulski’s announcement in March that she would not seek re-election prompted several Maryland members of Congress to consider running for the seat Mikulski has held since 1987.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Donna Edwards are running in the Democratic primary to succeed her.

Rep. Elijah Cummings also has been considering a Senate bid. Cummings, a Democrat, plans an announcement soon about his whether he will seek re-election to his House seat or run for Senate.

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