Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., was named to the House Ways and Means committee, and says he will not run for higher office in 2014 in order to focus on the new role.
Griffin, who gets mentioned as a potential Senate or gubernatorial candidate in 2014, told Talk Business that he would not run for higher office in order to "concentrate on the committee's important work."
"I'm not going to run for Senate and I'm not going to run for Governor. I'd like to put those rumors to rest," Griffin said.
Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is up for reelection in 2014, and in red Arkansas is considered one of the more vulnerable senators facing voters in two years. Griffin's name has been floated frequently as a possible strong challenger to Pryor. Additionally, the state has an open governor's seat in 2014.
GOP Rep.-elect Tom Cotton and Rep. Steve Womack, also the object of much speculation, has not yet ruled out Senate bids.