After spending over thirty years in Congress, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, R-Nev., announced Friday he will not seek re-election next year. Reid, who was first elected to the Senate in 1986, recently suffered serious eye and facial injuries in an accident while exercising.
Indiana Senator Dan Coats, R-Ind., announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2016, potentially opening the door for former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., to reclaim his old seat.
Second-term Congressman Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., announced Monday that he is running for the Florida Senate seat currently held by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. In a statement announcing his campaign, Murphy described himself as a certified public accountant and small businessman, not a career politician.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz, R-Tex., became the first major candidate to officially announce plans to run for president in 2016 on Monday. Cruz initially announced his campaign for president in a post on Twitter before confirming the news in remarks at Liberty University.