State Senator Lathrop says no to U.S. Senate bid

Sen. Steve Lathrop

However, Sen. Steve Lathrop says he is interested in running for governor.

Sen. Steve Lathrop says that he is considering a campaign for governor in 2014. The Omaha Democrat says he has not yet decided for sure, and won't in the near future. Lathrop says he opted not to seek the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, who announced last year that he won't run for re-election.

Lathrop, an attorney, says he wants to continue working in the Legislature on child welfare reforms, fair and sustainable tax relief, and other issues. Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, a Republican, has already declared that he will run for governor in 2014.