SENATE SEAT: State Senator Sodders Considers Running | Politics
Preparing to weigh out his options, Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, confirmed Wednesday he is contemplating a possible run for Iowa’s First Congressional District seat in next year’s Democratic primary.
“We’re putting together an exploratory committee within the next couple of weeks which will be representative of the district,” he said.
Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley intends to campaign for the U.S. Senate seat that Sen. Tom Harkin will vacate in 2014 – leaving District 1 open which Sodders may seek to fill.
“I’m also making phone calls and working with different individuals and groups,” he said, “who have asked me to take serious consideration of this open seat.”
Sodders was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2008 and ultimately re-elected to a second term in 2012, as he represents Marshall and Tama counties, in addition to La Porte City and southern areas of Black Hawk County. He is currently active as Senate President Pro-Tem and chairs the Economic Growth Committee.
Having worked 24 years in various capacities of law enforcement, Sodders is also a deputy with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.
If he should decide to undertake contention, Sodders would not need to relinquish his Senate seat to run for Congress, and as there are currently no decisive plans to when the senator would announce his candidacy, “before summer, we will know if this is viable or not.”
Rep. Pat Murphy is, at this time, the only confirmed Democratic candidate for District 1 while businessman Steve Rathje, of Cedar Rapids, is the only declared Republican.