Rep. John James, a Republican, decided not to run for the Senate seat that Democrat Debbie Stabenow will be leaving open in 2024 and instead submitted paperwork to seek for reelection to his House seat representing the Detroit region.
One of the most likely Republican Senate candidates was James, a 41-year-old first-term legislator and rising star in the party. He unsuccessfully ran for the Senate twice before, falling to Democratic Sen. Gary Peters in 2020 and Stabenow in 2018.
Before winning his House seat in this year’s midterm elections and becoming the first Black Republican member of Congress from Michigan, James’ two statewide campaigns increased his name recognition. He frequently appears on conservative media platforms and is an effective fund-raiser.
Winter storm knocks down power for many in the Great Lakes region.