Fla. Rep. Meek to run for Senate

Published: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 3:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 3:14 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, who led the effort to put class-size limits in the state constitution, plans to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, say sources close to Meek.

Meek would be the first major candidate to get in the 2010 race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Mel Martinez.

Meek, 42, is beginning his fourth term in Congress. He sits on the powerful Ways & Means Committee and the Armed Services Committee and has a close relationship with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The Miami resident previously served eight years in the Legislature. As a senator, he staged a sit-in protest in then-Gov. Jeb Bush's office complex over a proposal to strip affirmative action protections from state contracting and university admissions.

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