Retiring Senator’s Replacement Named? 

( Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat from Michigan’s House of Representatives, said early this week that she would run for the Senate, seeking the seat being vacated by Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election in 2024. 

Slotkin has released a video announcing her candidacy in which she boasts of her bipartisan track record in the national security sector under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as her service in the CIA and repeated deployments in Iraq with U.S. soldiers. 

The candidate says in the video that we need a new generation of leaders that thinks differently, work harder, and “never forget that we are public servants.” 

The 2024 election cycle will include a number of contested Senate elections, and Slotkin will be joining several of her House colleagues in seeking to run for the Stabenow opening. 

There is still some unease on the GOP side. Rep. John James, who has previously lost as a Senate candidate in Michigan but is considered a strong contender for Stabenow’s seat this cycle, has announced his intention to seek re-election to the House. Tudor Dixon, the GOP’s failed gubernatorial nominee in 2022, and current and former Republicans Bill Huizenga, Lisa McClain, Peter Meijer, Mike Rogers, and Fred Upton are all names that have been floated as potential candidates. 

Slotkin was re-elected in the midterms, and months before her victory, Slotkin stated the Democrats needed “fresh blood” in Congress and the White House in 2024. However, she promised to vote for President Joseph Biden again in 2020. 

Slotkin, though, added that she thinks it’s time for “new leaders,” specifically mentioning Midwesterners. 

Being a representative of the country’s geographic center has been very meaningful to her.  

“We’re here too,” Slotkin said. 

She was one of a minority of Democrats in the House who did not support California’s 82-year-old Rep. Nancy Pelosi in her previous run for speaker.