Steffen not running for Congress

U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. / AP photo

A state lawmaker from the Green Bay area says he will not run for Congress.

In a statement Tuesday, State Rep. David Steffen, R-Howard, said "(a)fter extensive consideration, one critical fact influenced my decision not to run for Congress this fall: I am really enjoying my current role in the Wisconsin State Assembly."

"As the State Representative to the 4th District, I have successfully led on several important issues to the residents of my district and the state," the statement continued. "I believe my passion, effort and ability are currently best suited for building upon those legislative successes and making Wisconsin an even better place to live, work and play."

The race for the 8th Congressional District seat became open last month when Republican U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble said he would not seek re-election to a fourth term.

State Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere; Republican Terry McNulty and independent Wendy Gribben have already announced plans to run.

State Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, has said he is thinking about running for the seat.

On the Democratic side, Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson and former State Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber of Appleton are also considering running.