Democrat from Minnesota stated on Friday that Rep. Dean Phillips will not be seeking reelection in order to focus on a presidential campaign.
In October, Phillips, 54, announced that he would run against President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination despite the enormous odds he faced. He cited the need for a generational transition as his reason for running.
On Friday, Phillips announced that after seven years in Congress, he was stepping down.
Phillips said in a statement, “The morning after the 2016 election, I faced the reality that democracy requires participation — not observation,” and this was the beginning of his path into public service. Seven years have gone, and with each one comes a new window of opportunity to engage in the kind of constructive politics that mends fences and betters people’s lives. We have met such occasions, and after three terms it is time to handover the torch.”
Two people have already declared their intentions to run against Phillips for his congressional seat: state senator Kelly Morrison and member of the Democratic National Committee Ron Harris.
Phillips’s decision to not seek reelection is the latest in a slew of congressional exits.