U.S. Senator Carl Levin's decision to not seek re-election in 2014 could mean a big change in the politician landscape in Michigan.
Levin was first elected to the Senate in 1978 and served six terms, making him the longest-serving senator in Michigan's history. The 78-year-old lawmaker says in a statement the decision was "extremely difficult."
Local politicians reacted on Friday.
"Well, an open Senate seat, sometimes it's a free for all, so we'll see what happens," said Representative Dan Benishek. "I saw Carl yesterday, but he didn't really speak about his retirement. It had been rumored for a while."
"He's been a big supporter of the Jacobetti Veterans Home here in Marquette, so again, a disappointment that he's leaving," said Representative John Kivela. "His staff has been wonderful to deal with, so he's going to be a tough guy to replace."
Who will replace Levin? The early focus is on the state's congressional delegation, where at least four members are considered possible candidates.
Republicans Justin Amash, Dave Camp and Mike Rogers are being mentioned along with democrat Gary Peters. Former republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land also says she's considering running.