Idaho's Jim Risch will seek a second term in the U.S. Senate.
The first-term Senator announced his intentions Thursday.
"When I ran for this office just over four years ago, I said our country was facing many challenges. Those challenges not only remain, they have gotten worse," Risch said in a statement. "The federal government is attempting to fully take over healthcare, our annual deficit and national debt are out of control and the rights of the states continue to be trampled upon. Idahoans are opposed to the ever-growing role of the federal government in their lives and my votes in the Senate reflect that sentiment."
Risch served two terms as the Ada County prosecutor before his election to the Idaho State Senate. Risch served in Boise from 1975 to 1988 and from 1995 to 2002. He was elected lieutenant governor in 2002, served briefly as governor and then was re-elected Lt. Gov. in 2006. Risch won his bid for U.S. Senate in 2008.