State Sen. Charlie Ross, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor, says he will run for the 3rd congressional district post being vacated by Congressman Chip Pickering.
Ross said, if elected, he would work to ensure that the nation maintains a strong military and defend its borders against illegal immigration.
The Republican served in the state Senate 10 years, after serving one year in the Mississippi House. He won the House seat after Phil Bryant left the job when then-Governor Kirk Fordice appointed Bryant as auditor.
Bryant defeated Ross in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor in August. Bryant was elected lieutenant governor in November.
Ross joins a growing field of candidates for the 3rd District seat. Republicans David Landrum of Madison County, John Rounsaville of Madison and Gregg Harper of Pearl also said they will seek the seat.
The qualifying deadline for congressional races is Jan. 11, 2008. The party primaries are March 11.