Kelly Passes on Senate Bid, to Seek Fifth House Term

BUTLER, Pa. – U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly announced this morning he would seek a fifth term in the House of Representatives and pass on a challenge to unseat U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.

He earlier ruled out running against Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor, Tom Wolf.

“There are critical fights ahead which will require all of my energy and focus,” Kelly, R-3 Butler, said. “In light of these considerations, I will be seeking a fifth term in the House of Representatives and will not be pursuing a run for the Senate next year.”

The congressman said he is grateful for the “outpouring of support” from his fellow Pennsylvanians as he deliberated the best path forward. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, he said he has been “at the forefront of the most pressing debates” affecting the country, including tax reform and health-care reform.

“From this platform I remain in an influential position to fight for my most important priority: securing a stronger economy and higher take-home pay for my constituents and for all Americans,” he said.

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