Rep. Mike Pence
(Columbus, Ind.) - Indiana Congressman Mike Pence will not join the Republican field seeking the White House in 2012.
“In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana. We will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012,” the Columbus Republican said in a letter to supporters Thursday.
Pence, 51, did not say in the letter if he is planning to run for governor to replace term-limited Mitch Daniels, but it's believed that will be what he does.
He stepped down from a spot as the fourth-highest ranking Republican in Congress after the GOP took control of the House in the November election.
Indiana’s Republican Party Chairman, Eric Holcomb, didn’t assume Pence would run for Governor.
“Indiana is fortunate to be the home to a number of rising stars in the Republican Party like Mike Pence. Mike's been a strong voice in Congress and has always proposed common sense approaches to the problems that face our nation. He will no doubt continue to play a vital role in that conversation as he decides what future service he might offer his state,” said Holcomb.