MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he won't run for the congressional seat vacated by longtime Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri (PEE'-treye).
Fitzgerald released a statement Monday saying he won't rule out a run for higher office in the future. But he said he plans to return next session as majority leader.
The statement by the Juneau Republican dispelled rumors that Fitzgerald would enter the fray of what will likely be a busy primary to fill Petri's seat.
State Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, has announced he will move into the 6th Congressional District to run. Republican Sen. Joe Leibham said he is also thinking about running. Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber is the likely Democratic nominee for the seat.
Petri, a Republican, has represented Wisconsin since 1979.