According to the Lansing State Journal, the popular former Michigan Secretary of State and incumbent congresswoman announced Thursday that she will not seek reelection in spite of consecutive overwhelming electoral victories. In her opinion, it is the responsibility of legislators not to become entrenched in office.
From her statement, according to Michigan Radio:
Our founding fathers created an incredible republic and every generation has stepped up and taken the baton, and done their part to preserve and expand liberty, democracy and that most precious element of the human experience, freedom. I freely pass the baton to whomever my community chooses to serve as their next voice in the US House of Representatives.
First elected to Congress in 2002, Miller now serves as the chairwoman of the House Committee on Administration, according to a biography at National Journal. She is the only woman chair of a standing committee in the U.S. House. She also chairs the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, where she has been a strong advocate for conservative immigration policy.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan’s Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel praised “her unique energy and dedication” to Michigan and called her “a trailblazer for women in politics.” From the other side of the aisle, Mark Hackel, Executive of Michigan’s Macomb County and a Democrat, said she was a constituent-oriented Congresswoman.
Michigan’s 10th District leans Republican and is expected to elect another in 2016, but according to The Hill, Miller doesn't plan to endorse a successor, instead leaving up to voters.
According to The Hill, likely candidates for the Republican nomination to replace Miller include former state Representative Pete Lund, 28-year-old state Representative Andrea LaFontaine, current state Senators Jack Brandenburg and Phil Pavlov, and Tea Party favorites Stan Grot and perennial candidate Todd Courser, a current state Representative.
Regardless of who runs or wins the nomination, Hackel said that Miller would be “a hard act to follow.”