BATON ROUGE, La -- Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter announced in a Tuesday email to supporters that he will be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race.
"I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana," the senator said in an email obtained by The Associated Press from a member of Vitter's staff.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited, so the race is wide open. Vitter can run without forfeiting his Senate seat, which isn't up for re-election until 2016.
Vitter has proved to be a resilient politician, easily winning re-election to a second U.S. Senate term in 2010, despite ties to a prostitution scandal.
Vitter admitted to a "serious sin" after phone records linked him to Washington's "D.C. Madam" prostitution case in 2007. He hasn't commented further on whether he broke the law, instead saying his family had forgiven him and moved past it.