State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald ended the speculation Monday that he might run for retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Petri's seat.

In a press release, Fitzgerald affirmed he will run for his state Senate seat this fall.

"While a run for higher office is certainly something that I wouldn’t rule out in the future, I do not feel that the timing is right to run for anything other than the 13th Senate seat," Fitzgerald said. "I look forward to returning next session as majority leader."

Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, doesn't live in Petri's 6th Congressional District, but U.S. Representatives only have to live in the state, and not the district, they represent. In a surprise announcement, Petri said Friday this would be his last term after 35 years in office.

State Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, who also lives outside the district, said Friday after Petri's retirement announcement that he still plans to run for the seat. Grothman is not up for re-election to his state Senate seat until 2016. He announced plans to run against Petri in a Republican primary.

Over the weekend, state Rep. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, announced he will be stepping down from his Assembly seat to run for Petri's House seat.

State Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan, is also considering a possible run.

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