Linn County Sen. Mathis won’t run for Congress

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Liz Mathis says she will not seek the Iowa congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley.

Mathis, of Robins, told The Associated Press she seriously considered a bid for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District but decided to announce Saturday she would focus on her state Senate work and her family.

Mathis was elected to the Senate in a 2011 special election, then won a full term in 2012. She represents the 34th District in Linn County.

Braley, a Democrat, is seeking the Senate seat held for five terms by Tom Harkin.

The 1st District includes 20 Iowa counties.

Democratic state Rep. Pat Murphy of Dubuque has announced he will run. Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje and Dubuque businessman Rod Blum say they’ll seek the Republican nomination.

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