U.S. Rep. Baron Hill says he's looking for a job as his time in Congress comes to an end, but governor of Indiana isn't likely to wind up on his resume — at least not yet.
Hill, who lost his bid for a sixth term to Republican Todd Young, told The Republic newspaper that the need to provide for his family likely will preclude a run for political office in 2012.
"I'm not a wealthy man, so it's important to take care of my family," the 9th District Democrat said, adding that a Statehouse run would require a full-time campaign and would make providing for his family almost impossible.
That doesn't mean he's stepping out of politics for good. Hill, 57, said he is looking into private sector jobs in Washington and Indiana but wants to continue to help the Democratic Party locally and nationally.
He also hopes to talk to President Barack Obama soon about a possible job with his reelection campaign.
Hill said he doesn't expect to run for Congress again. He isn't ruling out a run for U.S. Senate but said the governor's office has more appeal.
"You can get a whole lot more done as an executive," said Hill, who has run a small business in Seymour and served as executive director of Indiana State Student Assistance Commission.
He isn't committing to a 2016 campaign, though, and said a run for governor would depend on timing, finances and whether "people think I would be a good candidate."
"I don't know if I will be alive in 2016," Hill joked.
Hill is the second prominent Democrat to pass on the 2012 governor's race in recent days. Sen. Evan Bayh, who did not seek reelection to the Senate, told The Indianapolis Star for a story Sunday that he would not seek to return to his former role as Indiana's chief executive.
Two-term Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels cannot seek reelection because of term limits.