State House GOP leader Reed opts against Congress run, re-election

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 20, 2018 12:08 PM

FILE PHOTO: State House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana speaks with members of the media at the Capitol in Harrisburg. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- The majority leader of the state House is quitting elective politics, blaming his aborted candidacy for the U.S. House on a new map that put him in the same district as an incumbent congressman from the same party.

Republican state Representative Dave Reed of Indiana County says he made the decision because he doesn't want to challenge GOP Congressman Glenn Thompson.

Reed's in his eighth term and isn't seeking re-election to the state House.

He says he doesn't have plans for a new job but has eight months to figure that out.

Reed says the state of American politics is "more divisive and more negative" than he'd like.

As House Republican leader, he's head of a caucus that controls the chamber, 121 to 82.

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