Illinois state Sen. Mike Frerichs (D) has decided against running for Congress in the redrawn 13th district, leaving Democrats still in recruitment mode for the newly competitive downstate seat.
The state’s new Congressional map, which is awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn’s (D) signature, makes drastic changes to many of the state’s House districts, including redrawing the central 13th district to make it much more competitive. The district now leans only slightly Republican.
The most likely Republican to run in that district is Rep. Timothy Johnson; however, a spokesman for the Congressman told Roll Call that nothing is final.
“He’s considering running in the new 13th, but all options are still open,” Johnson spokesman Phil Bloomer said. “Our governor hasn’t signed the bill finalizing the districts, and there is a lawsuit pending.”
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
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.