GOP Congresswoman Candice Miller announces she will not seek reelection in 2016
Michigan Republican Congresswoman Candice Miller announced this afternoon she will not seek reelection in 2016. U.S. Rep. Miller has held the 10th District seat since 2003.
"It has been the greatest privilege and sincere personal honor to serve the people of Michigan's 10th Congressional District as their voice in the US House of Representatives. People of faith, people of family, people of community. Hard working people, decent people, patriots who are constantly engaged in building our community, our state, a stronger nation," Rep. Miller said in a emailed statement.
The congresswoman also released a video statement on her Facebook page.
Before being elected to Congress in 2002, Rep. Miller served as Michigan's Secretary of State for eight years.
The statement continues, ""This is the community that I love, that I call home, and at the conclusion of my current term in office, I will be coming home. I will not seek re-election.
"Our founding fathers created an incredible republic and every generation has stepped up and taken the baton, and done their part to preserve and expand liberty, democracy and that most precious element of the human experience, freedom.
"I freely pass the baton to whomever my community chooses to serve as their next voice in the US House of Representatives. I pledge to support their choice to the very best of my ability, as I pledge to finish my term with a commitment to fulfill my duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability, as I swore in my oath of office."
"None of us know what the future will bring, but I hope God grants me grace to continue to give back to this magnificent place we call Michigan."
This announcement comes after five members of Michigan's Congressional delegation decided not to run for reelection in 2014, including former U.S. Democratic Senator Carl Levin and U.S Representatives Gary Peters (who was elected to the Senate in November and replaced Levin), Democrat John Dingell (the former Dean of the House), Republican Dave Camp, and Republican Mike Rogers.