Former Wayne County, Ind., Sheriff Matt Strittmatter (R) dropped out of the race to succeed Rep. Mike Pence (R), announcing he will instead back former Indiana Republican Party Executive Director Luke Messer.
“Over the last year, I have been exploring a run for the United States House of Representatives sixth congressional district seat,” Strittmatter said in a statement released by the Messer campaign. “This path of exploration has unexpectedly provided what we believe to be a better way, for me to continue to serve Hoosiers, but will not allow my continued run for Congress.”
Messer faces financial adviser Don Bates, who lost a primary bid for Senate in 2010, and real estate investor Travis Hankins, who lost a primary for the 9th district last year.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.