DAVENPORT, Iowa (WEEK) — Former Republican U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling is considering running for Congress again – but this time, across the Mississippi.
Schilling moved to Iowa after his 2012 loss to Democrat Cheri Bustos for the sprawling 17th Congressional District, which was redistricted after the 2010 census following the loss of Democrat Phil Hare to Schilling to include more Democratic-leaning areas, including parts of Peoria.
With the retirement of Bustos’ fellow Quad Cities Democrat, Dave Loebsack, candidates are lining up to vie for Iowa’s 2nd Congessional District next year.
Schilling told the Iowa City Press-Citizen he is “getting close” to announcing a run for the seat. Democrat Loebsack has held the district since 2007, but it narrowly voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Iowa State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) recently decided against a run for the seat, leaving Schilling as the likely GOP candidate.
Though Schilling hasn’t yet announced a run officially, he’s already reserved a spot for a new website: Bobby2020.com.