Paul Ryan won’t run for U.S. Senate

Wisconsin Republican says he thinks he will have more impact if he stays in his House seat

Topics: Paul Ryan, R-Wis., 2012 Elections, Herb Kohl, D-Wis., Republican Party, Wisconsin,

Paul Ryan won't run for U.S. SenateFILE - In this April 13, 2011 file photo, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. gestures during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington. Standard & Poor's Ratings Service downgraded its outlook Monday on the United States' sovereign debt, expressing unprecedented doubts over the ability of Washington to bring the massive federal budget deficits under control in the next three years. He is flanked by Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., left, and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Credit: AP)

House Budget Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Herb Kohl.

Ryan said in a statement on his website Tuesday that he feels he can have a bigger impact by remaining in his current position rather than running for the Senate next year.

Ryan’s decision not to run may open the door to a bid by former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson. Two Republicans tell The Associated Press that Thompson was considering running with Ryan out of the race. The people requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for Thompson.

Kohl announced on Friday that he would not seek a fifth term next year.

Ryan has represented Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district since 1999.

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Associated Press writer Henry C. Jackson contributed to this report.

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