GOP House Speaker Paulsen will not run for Congress

DES MOINES – Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says he will not run for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley’s run for Senate.

In an email to supporters Wednesday, Paulsen says he will run for re-election to the state House. He says he will stay where he has “the greatest impact for all Iowa’s families.”

Paulsen, of Hiawatha, was elected to the House in 2002 and was made Speaker in 2010.

The 1st District includes 20 northeast Iowa counties. Democrats running include state Rep. Pat Murphy, from Dubuque, former state Sen. Swati Dandekar, of Marion, Cedar Rapids businesswoman Monica Vernon and Cedar Rapids attorney Dave O’Brien. Waterloo lawmaker Anesa Kajtazovic is also considering running.