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U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis: My decision

Last week, I announced that I would not seek to replace Ben Nighthorse Campbell in the U.S. Senate and instead will join the law firm of Hogan and Hartson upon leaving Congress.

My decision not to run for the Senate comes after much soul searching with family and friends. Let me assure you that this was among the most difficult choices I have ever had to make.

Over the past several months, I have been saddled with many questions concerning my future. And while filling the shoes of Campbell in the Senate would be a great honor, it would not allow me to achieve my greatest desire — coming home.

Let me say that no member of Congress has been blessed with such a strong and supportive constituency. It is an honor and a privilege to represent the people of Colorado in Washington, and there is much more that I intend to accomplish in the Congress. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House and draw upon the support that you have provided me throughout the years to advance legislation that will improve rural veterans’ access to health care, provide needed relief to drought-affected ranchers, protect our most scenic places, and make health care more affordable for individuals and their families.

Lori and I were truly overwhelmed with the outpouring of encouragement and support we received to run for the Senate — but my heart is set on returning to Colorado. Thanks for your patience while we came to a decision.

U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis

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