As you're by now aware, Senator Dan Coats announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the United States Senate in 2016. I'm sure that many of you, like me, had hoped to see him continue his service. I told him as much earlier in the year, but it is easy to understand his decision to forgo another campaign and pursue other endeavors. His commitment to Indiana and America, for nearly four decades, is the embodiment of leadership. His integrity and decency have been, and will remain, a model for anyone who chooses public service. On behalf of David and our family, I extend my thanks to Senator Coats and his wife, Marsha, for all they have done.
Over the last 48 hours, I, like other Republican leaders across our state, have been receiving encouragement to consider running for this open seat. It's humbling to have that consideration and support, but as Senator Coats showed us with his deliberation over the last several months, it's not a decision to make quickly or lightly. So I wanted to share with you first, my friends and supporters who have invested so much in my campaigns and service in the House, that I will take some time in the near term to talk to Republicans around the state about what they are looking for in our nominee for 2016. We certainly want to continue the principled leadership that Senator Coats has practiced over his term.
Indiana Republicans are fortunate to have probably the deepest bench of capable leaders of any state in the country. That fact is not lost on me as I consider a candidacy that could put me up against some of my friends and colleagues who are also running or considering it. But a vigorous, well run primary, based on good ideas and focused on a constructive debate about the future of America, can be very beneficial to our party and our state.
Thank you again for all of your support over the last four years. If you have thoughts about this race or the 5th District, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.