WINONA — Winona Republican state Sen. Jeremy Miller is considering a run against 1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz.
Miller said he has been approached by several people asking him to run against the four-term Democrat from Mankato, who faces reelection in 2014.
"At this point, I am considering it," Miller said. I am exploring that possibility. It is something I will have to talk over with my family," he said.
Miller emerged on the political scene in 2010, winning his first run for state Senate. Two years later, he held onto his seat in a tough year for Republicans. The 30-year-old is chief financial officer of the family's business — Wm. Miller Scrap Iron and Metal Co. He said he expects to make a decision within the next two to three weeks.
Among the factors he will be considering in his decision is his growing family. He and his wife have a young son and are expecting twin boys in August.
"Between the young family and running a small business and representing Senate District 28, there's a lot on my plate right now. But when several people come to you and ask you to consider running for a congressional seat, it's something I will take a good hard look at and consider my options," he said.
Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Keith Downey said Miller would make a strong candidate for the 1st District seat.
"Sen. Miller's a great state senator and won re-election in a tough year and I think has built a reputation as a bridge builder, somebody who reaches across the aisle effectively," he said. "He's business person, and I think he'd be a great fit for the district."
The Walz campaign declined to comment specifically on Miller as a candidate.
"Republicans will have a process to select their nominee," a Walz spokesman said. "Tim Walz is working hard for southern Minnesotans and focusing on creating jobs, growing the economy, and advocating for our nation’s veterans."
So far, Downey said he has heard of a "small handful" of Republicans considering running against Walz.
"I would bet by the end of the summer, early fall,we'll see the full field of Republicans in the 1st (District)," he said.