(MILWAUKEE) -- Congressman Paul Ryan has more important things to worry about than running for the U.S. Senate.
The Wisconsin Republican said Tuesday that he would not run for the open seat that was made available by Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl recently announcing that he would not seek reelection in 2012.
Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "it would make no sense to leave where I am right now because I have such a bigger impact" in the House.
Ryan was referring to his goal of massive deficit reduction and overhauling entitlements. His bill to cut $5.8 trillion from the federal budget over the next decade has passed the GOP-controlled House although it didn't get far in the Senate, where Democrats currently rule.
His decision not to run leaves the door open for former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson to seek the GOP nomination. Former Sen. Russ Feingold has been mentioned as a favorite on the Democratic side.
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