U.S. Representative Artur Davis says he plans to seek a higher job in the future, possibly a seat in the U.S. Senate or governor of Alabama.
Davis says he may seek one of those positions in the next five years.
The 37-year-old Davis was first elected to the House in 2002 as the only black member of the Alabama congressional delegation.
Alabama's next gubernatorial contest comes next year. The state's junior senator, Jeff Sessions of Mobile, is up for re-election in 2008. The term of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby expires in 2010.
Davis says he is looking more toward 2010 and would run for the Senate only if Shelby, a Tuscaloosa Republican, decided not to seek a fifth term. Davis is a Democrat from Birmingham.
Davis says he believes a black candidate with the right message can win a statewide election in Alabama.