ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former Republican lawmaker is eyeing a return to the Legislature after just a year away.
Rep. Jim Abeler spent eight terms in the House before stepping away in 2014 for a failed bid for the U.S. Senate. His old seat representing Anoka and Ramsey is now taken, but the state senator in the area isn’t running again in 2016.READ MORE: 2nd Man Charged In Minneapolis Gun Battle-Turned-Crash That Killed Autumn Merrick
He announced a bid for the Senate seat in a statement Wednesday.READ MORE: 'We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Misconduct In Any Form': Minnesota Colleges Investigating Alleged Sex Competition
Abeler is a moderate Republican with a strong focus on health care issues. He was one of six GOP lawmakers who bucked party lines and voted to override Gov. Pawlenty’s gas tax increase veto in 2008.MORE NEWS: 'We Are Pleasantly Surprised': Minnesota's Corn, Soybean Yields Better Than Expected
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