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Congress: The Next Generation


Kids at the opening day of the 112th Congress #2(Rich')

Former lawmakers are helping their children in so many races this year that we might as well dub next Election Day Take Your Kid to Congress Day.

Republican businessman Mike Collins announced Thursday that he'll run for Rep. Paul Broun's open seat in Georgia. Funny enough, his father, former Rep. Mac Collins, was actually elected to Congress after defeating Broun in a 1992 primary. The elder Colllins said back in March that a Michael Allen Collins (Mike Collins is named for his father) would run for Broun's seat, but he didn't say which. Collins Jr. made it official by signing his statement of candidacy on May 9.

Peach State Democrats have their own next generation hopeful: Former Sen. Sam Nunn's daughter is considering a Democratic bid for the state's open Senate seat. Party operatives are aggressively courting Michelle Nunn to jump into the race. Though she's said little about it publicly, Nunn has huddled with many of her father's former advisers and other Georgia Democrats in recent weeks to discuss a bid, and she attended a DSCC fundraiser with President Obama this weekend in Atlanta.

Former Florida Gov. Bob Graham's daughter Gwen Graham has already announced a bid to unseat Republican Rep. Steve Southerland in the Second District. Dear old dad is holding a fundraiser for her campaign later this month that will feature several of Bob's old colleagues. Fellow former Gov. Charlie Crist is slated to attend as well.

Former New York state Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV has filed for a third run in the state's 13th District, roughly the same district that his father, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., held for nearly three decades. The younger Powell hasn't fully committed to the race yet. After losing twice to Rep. Charlie Rangel -- who got to Congress by beating Powell Sr. -- Powell says he'll only run if the 82-year-old retires.

Monterey County prosecutor Jimmy Panetta wants to run for his father's old seat as well. The son of former CIA director (and eight-term congressman) Leon Panetta said in March that he is interested in running for the seat when Rep. Sam Farr, 71, retires.

Meanwhile, retiring Sen. Tim Johnson's son, U.S. attorney Brendan Johnson, still hasn't ruled out running for his dad's seat next year, though a bid looks unlikely.

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