On Wednesday, Indiana's 8th District U.S. Representative, Brad Ellsworth (D-Evansville) said he could make up his mind as to whether he will run for the Senator post in the fall within a few days.
Former Indiana Gov. and incumbent Sen. Evan Bayh, a Democrat, announced earlier this week he would not seek re-election.
During the past two days, Ellsworth said he has been approached by many people asking him to run, but he added it's a decision he will not take lightly.
"It's not pressure to me because it's me," Ellsworth said regarding the decision.
Ellsworth told a packed house at Brazil City Hall Wednesday he was "shocked and disappointed" that Bayh would not seek re-election.
"We need more people up there like him," Ellsworth said. "They're going to miss Bayh. He was a voice of reason.
"Maybe we are a dying breed, people who will work between the party lines to get work done for you."
Ellsworth said he was contacted by Bayh about the decision and has discussed it with his family.
He said he's torn between the two positions particularly because of loyalty to the 8th District.
"When you do this job, you become very close with your constituents," he said. "You get protective of your area. I feel that way about the 8th District."
Ellsworth said win or lose, he's pleased with his service.
"This is not a decision you make in a flash," he said. "But House or Senate, it's been an honor to serve."