Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) announced Monday that he would run to represent Louisiana in the Senate in 2016.

“Louisiana deserves a United States senator who can lead in times of challenge, offer conservative, workable solutions to complex problems, and bring unity in times of division,” Boustany said in a statement. “After careful deliberation with family and friends, I am planning a formal announcement event in my hometown of Lafayette in the near future.”

Following his loss in the race to become Louisiana’s next governor, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), announced on Saturday evening that he would not seek reelection to his Senate seat in 2016. “I had decided that….I wanted to pursue new challenges outside the Senate, no matter what. I had reached my personal term limit,” Vitter said in his concession speech.

Boustany has represented Louisiana in Congress since he was first elected in 2004. He serves on the Ways and Means Committee and is chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Resources.

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