Former Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert announced this week that he’s running for Texas Attorney General.
Gohmert, who previously represented Texas in the House, recently quit Congress in April after nearly two decades in politics.
“I want to bring good order to the highest level in our justice system,” Gohmert said in a statement from his campaign. “After looking at several great candidates, I can assure you that I will fight for all Texans, not just in my own district, but across Texas. I’m running for attorney general because Texans expect someone to protect their civil rights.”
His campaign promises to “take on political corruption in government” and to “work for all Texans, not just political insiders,” the announcement said.
A native of Tyler, Texas, the 73-year-old has tried his hand at radio, write-in and general election campaigns in the past, but ultimately lost his bids.
He’s a staunch critic of the Obama administration. In addition to his announced candidacy, Gohmert is also the head of the Tom Tancredo Foundation, an organization co-founded by the former Colorado Republican representative who ran for president in 2008 and 2012.
He joins a crowded field of Republican candidates in the race to replace Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who was indicted on felony securities fraud charges in February and resigned his office in May. State Rep. Ken Paxton and former state Sens. Ken Paxton and Dan Patrick all have announced their intention to run for the post.