“I’m running for Congress to help lead our communities back here at home and to fight for our way of life in Washington,” Reed said in a release announcing his run.
Reed alluded to President Trump’s motto of “make America great again” in his release, saying “America can be great again because of the workers and families in communities like ours who fight every single day to pass a better future on to their children and grandchildren.”
According to the Associated Press, Reed will stay on as Majority Leader, but will not run for re-election to the state house.
And there it is. Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Dave Reed announces he's running for Congress … as @AP reported last week he would. He told his caucus that he'll stay on as majority leader, but won't run again for the state House.
— Marc Levy (@timelywriter) January 23, 2018
Reed’s announcement means the two highest ranking Republicans in the state House are both seeking higher office and will remain in their roles while doing so. State House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) is currently running for Governor.
Reed joins state Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair), Art Halverson, and Benjamin Dayton Hornberger in the race for the seat.