Sodders decides against U.S. House run

A run for U.S Congress is no longer in the cards for Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center. Sodders thought of running for the 1st Congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, but announced Sunday he would not be a U.S. House candidate in 2014.

Sodders thanked those who encouraged his possible candidacy but said being in Congress would take him away from his family too much, since his wife works full-time and one of his children is still in high school.

“My family and I talked about me being in Washington, D.C., which you have to be quite a bit,” Sodders said. “It’s not the right time for me to run for federal office.”

Sodders, who has served in the Iowa Senate since 2008, has been researching a run for the past month after Braley announced he’s running for the U.S. Senate. Sodders announced that he was exploring the possibility of a run in early March.

Currently, there are three announced candidates for the U.S. House seat including Rep. Pat Murphy, D-Dubuque, Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje and Dubuque businessman Rod Blum.

Sodders said the current candidate field was never considered when he made his decision not to run as it was more about the time away from his family. He did not rule out running for federal office in the future, if the timing is right for it.

Sodders was re-elected to his second term in the Iowa Senate in 2012.