Kelly announced today he will not be running for Governor next year, and is seriously considering a run for the U.S. Senate.
“Earlier this week I reached out to several of the potential Republican candidates for Governor to inform them that I will not be pursuing the GOP nomination for that race,” Kelly said in a statement.
“I plan to spend much of the coming weeks thoroughly considering a campaign for the GOP nomination for next year’s U.S. Senate race.”
Kelly had been rumored to be considering a run for both races.
Kelly said in his statement he will have a decision on whether to run later in the summer.
As of the most recent Federal Elections Commission filings, Kelly has $835,012.51 cash on hand. If he were to jump into the Senate race, he would be able to transfer all of that money over into those campaign accounts.
Kelly was first elected to Congress in 2010, and currently sits on the House Ways and Means Committee.
Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) is reportedly considering a bid for the Senate after President Donald Trump spoke with him about it. State Representatives Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) and Jim Christiana (R-Beaver), Reading area businessman Jeff Bartos and RNC Delegate Andrew Schektor have all announced bids for Senate. Southeast businessman Paul Addis is also considering a run.