|Former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill|
The former Congressman said in a statement that he is feeling "the passion to serve and to fight for our future." In the statement, he also praised Dan Coats for his service to Indiana.
Coats said he would retire from the Senate at the end of his term in 2017 leaving the Republicans and Democrats scrambling to find candidates for 2016.
Hill actually ran for Senate before back in 1990. He took on Coats in a Special Election to see who would fill the remaining two-plus years of Dan Quayle's unexpired term. Coats had been appointed after Quayle became Vice President by Governor Robert Orr. Hill waged a strong campaign literally walking much of the State of Indiana. On Election Day, Coats won 53-46.
In 1998, Hill ran for Congress in the 9th District and held that seat for 10 of the next 12 years. He was defeated by Todd Young in 2010 and has not run in the new 9th District.
Hill represents a candidate that has run in a statewide race in the past, that has fundraising capabilities, and has the ability to serve Indiana and Hoosiers well.
Former Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh has not categorically ruled out a run for Senate and would be the strongest candidate for the Democrats. It should be noted that it's my understanding that Bayh and Hill are friends.
On the Republican side, Representatives Jackie Walorski, Marlin Stutzman, Todd Rokita, Susan Brooks, and Todd Young are rumored by Brian Howey to have some interest along with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, State Senator Jim Merritt, Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma and Coats Chief of Staff Eric Holcomb.