Kentucky State Senator Damon Thayer, leader of the State Senate and a Republican, will decide by March 5 whether to introduce a bill to let candidates run simultaneously for President or Vice-President and either house of Congress. March 5 is the deadline for bills to be introduced in the Kentucky legislature.
If Senator Thayer introduces this bill, it will be to help U.S. Senator Rand Paul, whose term is up in the 2016 election and who may run for President that year. Other individuals who ran in the the general election in the same year for President and either House of Congress are Henry Clay in 1824, James Garfield in 1880, William Lemke in 1936, John Schmitz in 1972, and Randall Terry in 2012.
Clay and Lemke were re-elected to the House in the years in which they were running for President, but neither won his presidential race. Clay was re-elected to the House on August 2, 1824, and ran for President that year as well. There were no party nominees for President in 1824; candidates ran as individuals. Clay won all of Kentucky’s electoral votes in a popular vote held in November but he did not win the presidential election nationally.
Lemke was the Union Party presidential nominee and he was simultaneously re-elected to the House from North Dakota as a Republican. For president within North Dakota, he polled 13.4%.
James Garfield was elected to the U.S. Senate by the Ohio legislature early in 1880, and he was nominated for President at the Republican national convention on June 8, 1880, and he won the presidential election. He had not sought the Republican nomination for President, and had made the nominating speech for presidential candidate John Sherman at that convention. Garfield himself did not receive more than 2 votes for president at the convention until the 34th ballot.
John G. Schmitz was defeated for re-election to the U.S. House in California in June 1972, and then in August 1972 he was nominated by the American Party/American Independent Party for President.
Randall Terry ran in 2012 for Congress in Florida, and for president in Kentucky, Nebraska, and West Virginia.