Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau is joining other top Democrats who have rejected a run for the U.S. Senate.
Juneau said Monday that she will not be running for the Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. She also ruled out a run for the U.S. House.
Juneau says she prefers her current job.
Baucus' retirement announcement created the first battle for an open Senate seat in the state since the 1970s, but at this point there are no announced front-runners.
Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, state Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen and political veteran Stephanie Schriock have all declined runs for Democrats.
Lt. Gov. John Walsh has not ruled out a run for the office.
On the Republican side, U.S. Rep. Steve Daines is considered a likely candidate.
The following is a statement from Denise Juneau's website:
It is not very often that you are presented with an opportunity to change what Congressional representation looks like in our state. It is the kind of opportunity that warrants serious consideration.
After much deliberation, I have decided not to seek the U.S. House or Senate seats in 2014. I sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support and encouragement I have received from people all across Montana and the country. It has been very humbling to be considered for such a leadership role representing our great state; however, my decision not to run for Congress is the right one for me at this time.
I love serving as the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Montana and am proud of the progress I have made over the last four years.