Seifert to step down as minority leader

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House Minority Leader Marty Seifert (R-Marshall) will step down from his position as the House’s top Republican.

“I cannot tell you what an honor it has been, and a privilege, to serve as minority leader,” Seifert said at a press conference.

Seifert, who is considering a run for governor, said he did not want his potential future plans to distract him from his obligations as minority leader. He said it would not be fair to the other members of his caucus.

House Republicans will meet June 24 to elect a new minority leader, at which time Seifert will officially relinquish his leadership position, he said.

“There isn’t an heir apparent,” he said, adding that members of his caucus will have to actively campaign for the job.

Although floor debates will probably be “less interesting” for him after he steps down, Seifert emphasized that he plans to remain an active member of his caucus.

“I will still have my microphone; I will still have my voting button on the House floor.”

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