After hinting he might be interested in a congressional run, former Kanawha County lawmaker Steve Harrison announced last night he's officially considering vying for the position.
In a mass email sent late Tuesday, the former Republican state delegate and senator said he was forming an exploratory committee to investigate a run for representative of the 2nd Congressional District. Here's a portion of the email:
"Since my decision not to seek reelection to the Senate in 2006, I have appreciated the opportunity to focus on one job but my desire to help improve our state and nation through public service is still strong. In the months ahead, Kristen and I look forward to discussing my potential candidacy with 2nd District citizens as we approach the January 2014 filing period."
Harrison's name was floated for the position in late 2012 when current U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced she is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. Rockefeller has already said he will not seek re-election.
According to Harrison's email, he served 14 years in the state House and Senate but decided not to run for re-election to the Senate in 2006.
Since then he's been something of a sport junkie: while working as an executive at Poca Valley Bank, he's also played kicker for a "semi-pro football team," won a bronze medal for his age group in a national discus competition and coached part-time for a collegiate track and field team.
He graduated from Brown University in 1990, with concentrations in Economics, Political Science and Organizational Behavior and Management.
Many more candidates are expected to throw their hats in the ring once the state legislative session is complete.