Michigan's other Senator Gary Peters is running in 2020 and one of two Senate Democrats running in a state Trump won in 2016. This gives many people hope that James may be able to edge Peters should he choose to run.
Republicans are recruiting John James to run for Congress in Michigan in 2020. It’s just not clear which side of the Capitol will land him.
Both House and Senate GOP leadership are encouraging James, a military veteran and businessman, to run for office for a second time next year after losing to Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2018. Senate Republicans believe he has the best chance of making the next Michigan Senate race competitive and help protect their majority, while House Republicans hope he’ll run to flip a swing district the GOP lost in 2018.
James, who is close with the Trump administration and was floated earlier this year as a potential United Nations ambassador, has spoken with party leaders in recent weeks. President Donald Trump met with James at the White House on Tuesday, according to four people familiar with the meeting. Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, met with James last week during a trip to Michigan.
James also spoke with Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, this week. And James met with Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the NRCC's leadership in recent weeks, a committee spokesperson confirmed.