Sen. Mike Braun filing to run for governor of Indiana kicks off the GOP’s first open Senate seat race of 2024

Though he’s submitted the paperwork to run for governor of Indiana, Republican Sen. Mike Braun assured reporters Wednesday that he’s not leaving Capitol Hill just yet.

“I’m going to robustly finish out the two years as a senator,” the freshman lawmaker said of his commitment to serving out the remainder of his first term. He added that he’d likely make an official announcement about his career plans shortly. “I’d say here in 10 days to a couple of weeks,” Braun told congressional reporters of his current timetable.

Imminent or not, Braun’s likely departure creates an opening for any 2024 hopeful to jump into the fray.

Local news site IndyPolitics previously reported that GOP Reps. and Republican Study Committee members Jim Banks and Victoria Spartz were considering mounting Senate bids if Braun elected to move on.