U.S. Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama's Seventh Congressional District is seeking the state's top office.
Davis announced his Democratic candidacy for governor Friday, in a bid to be the first black governor.
The 41-year-old, Harvard-educated lawyer ended months of speculation over his plans at a noon announcement in Birmingham.
The three-term Democrat had appearances in Birmingham and Montgomery Friday, plans to l make stops between Saturday and Monday in Huntsville, Northport and Mobile.
Davis would be the first black person to make a serious bid for governor of Alabama. Last year he chaired Barack Obama's presidential campaign in the state.
Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom, Jr., and Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks also are considering running for governor as Democrats.