Chambliss announced today that he will not seek reelection in 2014 after representing Georgia in the U.S. Senate since 2004.
“Over the next several days and weeks my family, friends, supporters and I will determine if I am interested,” Westmoreland told Daniel Malloy, the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Washington correspondent.
Westmoreland, who is now in his fifth-term representing Georgia’s 3rd congressional district, would be an automatic favorite among Republicans.
The lawmaker is very close to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal so he’d have the Republican state leadership behind him, which usually translates to financial generosity.
Westmoreland is popular among the Tea Party supporters but works well with the establishment Republicans and is not considered “radical.”
Before coming to Washington, Westmoreland ran his own building company and served in the Georgia State House for 12 years, three of which he spent as the House Republican Leader.