Mark Keenum’s not running

One name that cropped up early in the prognostications over who would try to succeed retiring 3rd District U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering was former top Thad Cochran aide and current USDA undersecretary Dr. Mark Keenum. Keenum has been in the thick of the running for the last two presidential vacancies at Mississippi State University and would have strong backing from many MSU alums if he made a congressional bid.
But Keenum has confirmed that he won’t seek the office.

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