Michigan Congressman Fred Upton announces he will not run for Senate

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., left, speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, following a meeting with President Donald Trump on health care reform. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore. is at right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The wait for a decision is over.

Michigan Congressman Fred Upton announced Friday morning he will not be running for Senate next year.

The St. Joseph Republican thanked those who helped him come to this decision. Upton says it wasn't easy.

He's been a Congressman from southwest Michigan for 30 years. He says he will seek re-election to that position next year instead of trying to unseat Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Three other Republicans are running in the May Primary for that seat.

Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement:

“I will not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate. There was a path, but today we are choosing not to follow it.

Instead, my focus will remain on helping all of my constituents with problems big and small and improving the quality of life for all in Michigan.

I’m also excited about seeing our bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act through, getting historic tax-reform into law to help Michigan middle-class families, advancing common-sense ‘all-of-the-above’ energy solutions, and working with the Problem Solvers Caucus to do it all in a bipartisan way. As it should be done.

We need focus and fortitude in Washington now more than ever. We are full speed ahead for re-election in 2018.

Now, as we close this door, Amey and I want to thank from the bottom of our hearts all those who helped us come to this announcement along the way. It was not an easy decision, but it is the right one.”

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