U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, who is serving his sixth term for Missouri's 9th Congressional District, announced Tuesday he will run for governor.
In an e-mailed statement, the Republican said the state faces challenges that require "common sense and sense of common purpose."
PlayersLt. Gov. Peter Kinder U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof State Treasurer Sarah Steelman
Potential playersRod Jetton, state speaker of the House Former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent Catherine Hanaway, U.S. Attorney from Missouri’s eastern district
Not joining the raceU.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson
"Walking the cotton rows of my family’s farm in the Bootheel, I dreamed big dreams," Hulshof said in the statement. "Today's children have big dreams, too. To achieve them, they need and deserve exceptional schools that prepare them for the global economy, a health care and economic climate that attracts the jobs of the future, and a state government that helps when possible and never hinders."
""The people of Missouri's 9th Congressional District have trusted me as their representative in Washington for the last 11 years," Hulshof said the statement. "I have been proud to fight for Missouri during my time in our nation’s Capitol. From getting our fair share of federal highway dollars to being an advocate of the poor and disabled, I have always sought tangible solutions, because that is what people expect from their government."
According to The Associated Press, Hulshof, 49, of Columbia, had seriously considered running for governor in 2004 but deferred to Gov. Matt Blunt, who said last week he will not seek re-election. Hulshof is a former prosecutor and was first elected to the House in 1996.