LINCOLN -- State Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha said Tuesday that he has opted against a run for higher elected office and will instead file for re-election to the State Legislature.
Krist, a 56-year-old Republican, had considered running for several other posts, including challenging U.S. Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., in his Omaha-based district or entering the governor's race.
But the lawmaker said Tuesday he's convinced he can accomplish the most as a state senator.
"The best thing for me is to continue to do what I do," Krist said.
The senator, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who is now a contract pilot for the federal government, was appointed to the Legislature in 2009 by Gov. Dave Heineman to fill the vacancy left by the departure of State Sen. Mike Friend.
But since his appointment, Krist has often clashed with the governor on policy issues. Most recently, Krist took issue with the governor's proposal to buy a $2 million plane for the state, saying it required more thorough study to see if it was a good deal.
The senator has been a leading voice in the Legislature on child welfare and juvenile justice reform.
Krist was elected to his seat in 2010 and faces re-election next year.