Arizona Speaker Kirk Adams is stepping down from his leadership post tomorrow — likely the first step in his bid for Congress next year.
Per the state’s resign-to-run law pertaining to non-election years, Adams, who has been strongly considering running for the 6th district seat of Rep. Jeff Flake (R), must resign from the state House before announcing a Congressional campaign. Flake is running for Senate.
According to an Adams spokesman, the only thing announced at this point is an organizational meeting tomorrow to elect a new Speaker.
Once that is done, however, Adams would be free to, in short order, resign his seat and announce a bid.
Should he run, Adams would face at least two opponents in a Republican primary — former Rep. Matt Salmon, who held the seat for three terms before resigning in 2000, and former state Senate Majority Leader Chuck Gray, who declined to run for re-election last year in preparation for a Congressional bid.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.