Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison jumped into the race for Minnesota attorney general Tuesday, the final day candidates were allowed to file.
Ellison won't leave Congress immediately, but he will not run for reelection. He will also remain deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee during his campaign.
"No one—not even a president—is above the law. From immigration reform to protecting our air and water, it has never been more important to have a leader as attorney general who can stand up against threats to our neighbors' health or freedoms," Ellison said in a statement.
The decision follows several days of political chaos in Minnesota. Current Attorney General Lori Swanson failed to get re-nominated for her job at the Democrat-Farmer-Labor convention over the weekend.