Republican Senator Mike Braun on Monday announced his campaign to become Indiana’s next governor in 2024, and said he would not seek re-election to a second term in Congress.
Shortly after the announcement, Republican Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana said he was “seriously considering” running for the Senate seat in 2024.
Mr. Braun, a multi-millionaire businessman who foreshadowed his run last week by filing nomination papers, hopes to take over from term-limited GOP Governor Eric Holcomb.
“I’m a Main Street businessman, not a politician, and I want every Hoosier to have a shot at the American Dream I’ve built here in Indiana,” Mr. Braun wrote on Twitter. “I am running for governor of Indiana to make our state a beacon of freedom and opportunity for America.”
Mr Braun’s campaign website says he has “held his own against Joe Biden’s far-left agenda” during his only term in the Senate, and that as governor “he will work every day to bring inflation down, keep taxes low and uphold the rule of law.”
But he is expected to face a wave of primary GOP opponents, with potential contenders including Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Indiana Commerce Secretary Brad Chambers. Indiana businessman Eric Doden has been a candidate since the spring.
Minutes after Mr Braun’s announcement, Mr Banks hailed him in a statement as a “reliable and strong Tory”.
“I strongly plan to run for the open Indiana Senate seat in 2024, and I will spend the next vacation praying and talking with my wife, family and close friends about how best to serve the Indiana,” Mr. Banks said.