Congressman Says He Won't Run for Governor in 2006

JANUARY 18, 2005 - Posted at 12:16 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas congressman Mike Ross said today he would not run for Arkansas governor in 2006.  Ross says his recent appointment to a powerful House committee would be better for the state than a four-year term at Little Rock.

Ross was appointed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and recently elected whip of the Blue Dog Coalition.

A Democrat, Ross informed his staff of the decision this morning and later called Attorney General Mike Beebe, who is widely speculated as a Democratic Party candidate for governor.  Beebe could not be reached immediately for comment.

Ross said he and Beebe had a "good talk" this morning.  He said he encouraged Beebe to run for governor and he pledged his support to Beebe.

Governor Huckabee, a Republican, is in the final two years of his term.  There has also been speculation that Lieutenant Governor Winthrop Rockefeller and former Congressman Asa Hutchinson will run for governor in 2006.

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