Republican state Sen. Clark Jolley says he's running for the 5th District U.S. House seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. James Lankford.
Jolley told The Associated Press on Thursday ahead of a formal announcement that he's running to be a "strong conservative voice in Washington." He gets to keep his state Senate seat since he's in the middle of a four-year term.
Jolley announced his bid at a press conference in Oklahoma City.
The 43-year-old chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee has twice been re-elected to his Senate seat in the conservative Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond.
Jolley is the latest on the list of GOP contenders that also includes Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas, former state Rep. Shane Jett, and former state Sen. and Army veteran Steve Russell.
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