Potential Republican candidates are beginning emerge in the race to succeed Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.), who announced his retirement Wednesday.State Sens. Bill Hardiman and Mark Jansen; former state Rep. Jerry Kooiman; former state Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema; and attorney Jim Mitchell are all exploring a run. However, former Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus has ruled a campaign out.Hardiman, Jansen, Kooiman and Mitchell all told CQ-Roll Call they plan on making a decision in the next few days or weeks.
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.