Rep. Tom Allen '67, D-Maine, will likely announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate within the next month, The Hill reported Wednesday. The Washington, D.C.-based newspaper attributed the news to Allen's campaign manager.

Allen has been a frequent visitor to the Bowdoin campus, most recently visiting the College on Saturday as part of the Step It Up afternoon of climate change-advocacy events. The campus falls within the state's First District, which Allen represents.

Allen's candidacy would challenge Sen. Susan Collins, a two-term Republican. According to the Hill, Collins currently holds an $800,000 to $1.2 million advantage in cash-on-hand.

Initial searches of Federal Election Commission data by the Orient showed no donations to Allen from Bowdoin-employed individuals since Allen was re-elected to his congressional seat in November 2006.

After graduating from Bowdoin, Allen attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He later earned a degree from Harvard Law School.