Former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) is considering a bid to succeed retiring Sen. Kent Conrad (D).
“I think that our Congress has lost touch with the people of this country, and that we need reasonable voices who will represent constituents, and not special interests,” Heitkamp told the Associated Press, noting that she would make a decision within 30 days.
Heitkamp’s candidacy could give her party a shot at keeping the seat, especially because not a single Democrat has yet announced they’ll run to replace Conrad. Heitkamp considered running for the state’s other Senate seat when it was open in 2010 but ultimately passed on a bid.
Local Republicans view freshman Rep. Rick Berg as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. Businessman Duane Sand, who unsuccessfully ran for the state’s At-Large House seat twice, is also running for the Republican nod.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
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.