'Bachelor' star Ben Higgins 'seriously considering' running for seat in Colorado House of Representatives
After achieving Bachelor fame, Ben Higgins' future may be in politics.
The 28-year-old reality star, who lives in Denver with fiancee Lauren Bushnell, is "seriously considering" a run for a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, The Colorado Independent reports. The software consultant has already launched a website for supporters.
"Thank you for your support as Ben explores his opportunities to make a positive impact on his local community!" the website's homepage reads, asking visitors to sign up for emails.
The open seat Higgins could potentially run for is currently held by Speaker Pro Tem Dan Pabon, a Democrat who was arrested for suspicion of DUI on St. Patrick's Day. Although Republicans have already nominated Willie Pinkston to run against Pabon, Pinkston told The Colorodo Independent that he'll "be happy to" drop out if Higgins decides to run.
Still, the Bachelor star says he's undecided at this point.
"Whatever lies ahead, love, grace, and hope are ideals that guide my life. I will take them with me into my next adventure," Higgins told the newspaper. "Lauren and I aren't sure yet what that will be, but in terms of representing House District 4, Willie Pinkston is an amazing person and any decision I make regarding entering the race will be based on what is best for Willie, his family and for Lauren and me."
He echoed his stance on Thursday on Twitter, responding to a user calling his "positivity" a "breath of fresh air" should he decide to run for office.
"Thanks, there will be a lot to consider and think about the next few days/weeks," Higgins tweeted.
But his resume is already proving to be politics-friendly. Aside from working in the financial services industry, Higgins is involved in several charities, which he continuously promotes on social media. Two notable organizations are the Baker Youth Club, a youth development agency in Indiana that strives to provide quality supervision for young people in the community, as well as Humanity and Hope United Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to empower communities in Honduras.
When ET caught up with Higgins and Bushnell in March, Higgins told us he was planning to go back to work at the same company he worked at prior to his Bachelor fame. As for 25-year-old Bushnell, she said she was much more open to new possibilities thanks to her job as a flight attendant.
"I'm still a flight attendant, so that's in the plans, but the great thing about my job is that it's so flexible," Bushnell said. "So, the opportunity to fly and potentially do something else on the side -- which has always been, you know, it has been a dream of mine to eventually own my own business or something like that -- but right now, I am going back to work and focusing on our relationship and moving to Denver."
Higgins also made it clear that his number one priority was his new fiancee, declining to compete on Dancing With the Stars unlike previous Bachelor stars.
"You know, it kind of goes back to the whole thing -- there is one main goal for me now, and that's us, and I think right now, Lauren and I being together is my main concern," Higgins explained. "I don't think adding too much more to that right now is the right thing."