Congressman Dean Phillips not seeking re-election as his run for Democratic Presidential Nomination continues

(Washington, D.C.) -- Minnesota Democrat Dean Phillips is not seeking re-election in Congress as he runs for the party's presidential nomination.

Third Congressional District Representative issued a statement saying it's "time to pass the torch."  Last month, Phillips launched his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination when he registered for the New Hampshire primary, in what many see as a long-shot bid against President Joe Biden.  

Phillips says the party needs an alternative to Biden and has voiced concern about the President's age.