U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy will run for the US Senate in 2012. Murphy, in a statement to the Huffington Post, said, “I only take this step because I believe I can be an even stronger voice for change in the United States Senate. I’m thankful for all the encouragement I have received to take this step, from family, friends, and people across the state. What I’ve heard is that people feel that the Senate simply doesn’t work anymore—it’s become an unjustifiable barrier to positive change, and Connecticut needs a fresh, progressive voice there that will push for both policy and institutional reform.”

Murphy’s move comes a day after Joseph Lieberman announced he would not seek reelection and two days after former state Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz announced she would seek the Democratic nomination as well.