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U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., will not seek re-election

Rep. John Kline announced he will not seek another term in Congress. 

The Republican from Minnesota's Second Congressional District in the St. Paul suburbs said in a statement that after "much thought and deliberation" he had decided not to run. 

First elected in 2002, Kline has become an influential chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, where he has sought to reshape federal education and training policy, including an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind law. 

Kline served as military aide to Presidents Carter and Reagan but referenced Reagan in his statement:"His vision of America as a ‘shining city on the hill’ has guided my decisions throughout my tenure in Congress."

He will have served seven terms when he leaves Congress next year. 

The district is changing and may be trending to the DFL, as President Obama won a majority of votes in 2012. The DFL have two candidates considered serious, and several could emerge on the GOP side. 

Given a shrinking number of competitive House seats, the Second Congressional will be sharply contested and likely see millions in outside spending in the 2016 race. 

Marco Rubio to visit Minneapolis for campaign fundraiser

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is coming to Minneapolis for a fundraiser for his Republican presidential campaign. 

Rubio will be at the Minneapolis Club on Thursday, Sept. 10 for a lunchtime fundraiser. A VIP reception will cost attendees $1,000 a person, followed by lunch at $500 a head. No public appearances are planned as part of the visit. 

The event is co-hosted by Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, who is the state chairman for the Rubio campaign; Andy Brehm, a Minneapolis attorney and former Republican operative; and Nicholas Conant, a Wells Fargo financial advisor. 

Among the field of 17 Republican presidential candidates, Rubio has signaled he intends to compete in Minnesota's March 1 presidential caucus.

Rubio is a favorite of many Republican insiders thanks to his youth, communication skills and compelling life story, but so far has not managed to break out in polls that of late have been dominated by celebrity businessman Donald Trump. 

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