(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - Congressman Mike Capuano announced on Tuesday that he has decided not to enter the race for US Senate if Sen. John Kerry is confirmed as Secretary of State.
In a statement, Congressman Capuano said, "After careful consideration, I have decided not to enter the race for US Senate. Instead, I look forward to focusing on the important issues facing the new Congress. My current work in the House and whatever opportunities the future may hold, afford me the greatest honor of my life, fighting for the Citizens of the Commonwealth."
Congressman Capuano was rumored to be considering a run for Sen. John Kerry's seat; however, his exit further narrows the list of possible Democratic candidates.
So far, Congressman Ed Markey is the only announced Democratic hopeful.
Rep. Stephen Lynch is also considering a run and plans to decide soon whether to get into the race.
Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is weighing a run on the Republican side.
Kerry has already signaled his support for Markey, as has Victoria Kennedy, the widow of the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Congressman Mike Capuano is serving his eighth term as a member of Congress in the 7th district. He serves on the House Transportation Committee and Financial Services Committee. The Somerville native is running in the 7th district due to redistricting.
Prior to his seven terms in Congress, Rep. Capuano was the mayor of Somerville for five terms. He served as the president of the Massachusetts Municipal Association in 1998.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.