(CNN) - Republican Rep. Tom Latham is mulling a run for Senate in Iowa to replace retiring Democrat Tom Harkin, but cautioned that "it's way early" to announce any decision.
Latham told reporters that fellow Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King's decision on whether he'll run for the seat will have no impact on his own deliberations.
“I've got to make my own decision. That's what it's all about," Latham said.
Latham, who was elected to the House in 1994, said he saw King at the Iowa State-Baylor basketball game over the weekend, but said the two didn’t have any "in-depth conversation" about the Senate race.
But, Latham added, "We'll talk."
Pressed if he thinks a Senate bid by King could hurt the GOP's chances of taking the seat - something other national Republicans have expressed concerns over - Latham told reporters outside the House floor that King is “a very viable member of Congress.”
“And no – I'm just going to worry about what I'm doing to do. That's all I can control,” said Latham.
Harkin has represented Iowa in the Senate since 1984. He announced last month that he will not seek re-election next year.