Missouri Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R) will not run for Senate in 2010, her office confirmed Friday morning. Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) announced Thursday that he is retiring from the Senate after four terms.
Emerson spokesman Jeffrey Connor said the Congresswoman was content to stay in the House with her new post as the ranking member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.
Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and State Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) are said to be interested in running for the seat, while former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.), Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Lt. Gov. Pete Kinder (R) are also believed to be considering a bid.
Democrats will likely look to Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) as their standard-bearer in 2010.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.