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Cummings Won't Run for Senate, Will Seek House Re-Election

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    WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 28: U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, talks to a constituent after a vote June 28, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee has voted 22-17 that IRS official Lois Lerner had waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she made an opening statement at a hearing in May, 2013 on the agency's handling of some political groups. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Rep. Elijah Cummings says he won't run for Senate.

    Cummings, a Democrat, announced his decision to seek re-election to his House seat in a statement Tuesday morning. The district includes parts of Baltimore city and Baltimore and Howard counties.

    Cummings says that since Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced that she wouldn't seek re-election this year, he had been considering how to best serve the people of the Baltimore region, Maryland and the nation. He says he is mindful that serving in the senate presents a great opportunity, but the broader consequences of the 2016 elections are more important that his own future.

    Cummings says he believes he will best serve people by continuing his work in Congress and working to elect "strong, progressive leadership up and down the ticket.''