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Thanks, but no thanks: Miller won’t take on Walz in ’14 but isn’t ruling out future run

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Jeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller.

Sen. Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, announced Friday that he will not pursue a run for Congress in 2014.

Miller said that after consulting his family, he decided it’s not the right time to run for the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by four-term incumbent Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn. He said earlier this week that he was considering it after being approached by several people.

“I’m focused on being the best husband and father I can be along with running a successful small business,” Miller said in a statement.

In an interview, he said he might consider a run for higher office in the future.

“I always keep my options open,” he said. “I would not rule out anything at this point, just not for 2014.”

Miller said that he hopes to grow as a legislator during his second term in the state Senate by continuing to reach across the aisle and develop strong ties with constituents.

“One of the most important aspects of being successful in life is developing good relationships,” Miller said. “As a legislator, I do my very best to develop relationships with colleagues on both sides of the aisle because at the end of the day, I want to get things done for the constituents I represent in the state of Minnesota.”

Miller, 30, is chief financial officer at Miller Scrap, his

family’s business. He and his wife, Janel, have a 1-year-old son, Drew, and are expecting twins in August. He defeated one-term DFL Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes in 2010, and won a second term last year after defeating DFL opponent Jack Krage.

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