Camp Plans Life After Ways and Means — in the House

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Representative Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, left, questions J. Russell George, U.S. Treasury inspector general for tax administration during a committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 2013.

Rep. Dave Camp, who has one more year remaining as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, says he plans to run for another term this year.

The Michigan Republican told reporters in the Capitol today that he wasn’t making an announcement and noted that several months remain before his state’s filing deadline.

Camp, 60, was first elected to Congress in 1990 and has been the committee chairman since 2011.

He won re-election in his Central and Northern Michigan district with 63 percent of the vote in 2012.

He has been working on the biggest tax code changes since 1986, an effort stymied by disputes over whether taxes should go up, Republican discussions about the right time to advance a bill and the coming departure of Camp’s Democratic partner, the retiring Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus.

The two prior Republican Ways and Means chairmen — Bill Thomas of California and Bill Archer of Texas — didn’t seek re-election to Congress when they reached the party’s six-year limit as the top Republican on the committee.

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