U.S. Sen. Patty Murray to seek fifth term in 2016

SEATTLE - U.S. Sen. Patty Murray will seek another term in office in 2016.

Matt McAlvanah of Murray's press office confirmed reports that the 63-year-old Democrat from Washington state will seek a fifth term.

Murray was first elected in 1992 by campaigning as a "mom in tennis shoes." She now ranks fourth in leadership among Senate Democrats and is a leader on budget issues.

Completing five terms would give her 30 years in the U.S. Senate, equaling the tenure of Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson.