(CNN) – Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator who lost his re-election bid last year, won’t run for governor of the state, he wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday.
The Republican, who in addition to floating a gubernatorial bid has suggested he’s open to running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, where he owns a vacation home, told followers he wanted to continue growing “personally and professionally.”
“Running for office takes a lot of thought, analysis, money, and sometimes personal sacrifice,” he said. “I have been honored to serve the people of the Commonwealth and this great country in many capacities for almost 20 years. My family and I have been deeply moved and honored by your support, encouragement and well wishes.”
Since leaving Capitol Hill, Brown took a contributor gig at Fox News, has served as a colonel in the Army National Guard's office at the Pentagon, and as an attorney at the Boston law firm of Nixon Peabody.
But in his statement, Brown said he was also enjoying a more relaxed pace than when he was in public office.
“For the first time in 15-plus years, I have had a summer to spend with my family,” he said. “In addition, I have been fortunate to have private sector opportunities that I find fulfilling and exhilarating.”
While Massachusetts governor may be off the table, Brown has also suggested he’s ready to meet voters in important presidential voting states, including Iowa, where he stopped earlier this month.
“I’m going to be coming out more often to try to determine whether there’s an interest in my brand of leadership and Republicanism,” Brown told The Des Moines Register.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.