RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - State Senator Phil Berger says he wants to return to Raleigh and plans to run for re-election to his senate seat next year, ending speculation that he would throw his hat in the ring for a spot in the United States Senate.
The Republican Berger announced his intentions Monday.
"Over the past several months, I've heard from numerous people across North Carolina asking me to declare my candidacy for the United States Senate. I am humbled and grateful for the kind words of encouragement. Like many, I understand that one of the most important political tasks before us is to replace Kay Hagan as North Carolina's junior United States Senator. Senator Hagan's tenure in Washington has been a disappointment in countless ways. Her record does not reflect the conservative values of most North Carolinians or the strong leadership we deserve from our elected representatives. I understand that winning this seat has tremendous implications not only for control of the U.S. Senate in the final two years of the Obama presidency, but also for the direction of our nation. However, after careful consideration and consultation with family, friends and supporters, I have decided now is not the time for me to undertake such a campaign," Berger said in an emailed statement.
Berger, an attorney from Eden, is serving his seventh term in the state Senate representing District 26 (Guilford & Rockingham counties), serving as the President Pro-Temport of the 2013-14 session. He recently paid for a media campaign touting the recent passage of the Voter ID bill in the General Assembly. Records show the political advertisement is running in Berger's home market of Greensboro.
In Berger's statement, the senator said he's proud of what the Republican majority has accomplished the last few sessions and there is still a lot of work to do.
House Speaker Thom Tillis has already announced his intentions to run for the United States Senate. Greg Brannon and Heather Grant have also filed to run for the Republican nomination against Hagan, who will be running for re-election after serving her first term in the U.S. Senate.
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