U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, of the 10th district of Michigan, announced Thursday she will not seek reelection in 2016. Miller, who was elected to Congress in 2002 after serving two terms as a popular Michigan secretary of state, did not disclose a reason for her decision, the Detroit Free Press reported.
"I freely pass the baton to whomever my community chooses to serve as their next voice in the U.S. House of Representatives," Miller, R-Harrison Township, said in a statement. "I pledge to support their choice to the very best of my ability, as I pledge to finish my term with a commitment to fulfill my duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability, as I swore in my oath of office."
The seven-term congresswoman is the only woman chairing a House committee: the Committee on House Administration. She is vice chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security and is a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Miller is not the first high-profile Michigan politician to call it quits recently. Last year, Reps. Dave Camp, R-Midland, Mike Rogers, R-Howell, John Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, retired, the Detroit News reported.
While Miller did not specify any plans, she hinted at public service.
"None of us know what the future will bring," she said, "but I hope God grants me grace to continue to give back to this magnificent place we call Michigan."