Michigan House Republican Leader Kevin Elsenheimer announced Tuesday he will not seek the GOP nod in the race to succeed Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.).

"While it would have been an honor to serve in Congress, I want to spend more time closer to home and representing the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi would make that nearly impossible," Elsenheimer said in a statement. "After discussing it with my family, I concluded that my priorities are right here at home."

Stupak revealed last week he would not seek a 10th term in Congress.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Joel Sheltrown (D) announced Monday he would run for the seat.