Among members of the House of Representatives who have sought to move to the Senate, Nevada's Dean Heller, a Republican, caught a break. Republican John Ensign, the senator whose seat that he and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley sought, resigned rather abruptly; the empty seat gave Nevada's Republican governor an opportunity to appoint someone—in this case, Heller. Although he'll have to face Berkley in the general election next year, he does so from a favorable position as an incumbent.
Few House members who seek Senate seats, or a chance to become governor or president, are so lucky. Below are the House members to date who have announced that they are planning to run for the Senate, their states' governor's office, or for the presidency. In the coming months, more are sure to follow.