(Harrisburg) - A midstate Congressman plans to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate later today. Campaign spokesman Jon Anzur tells The Associated Press Republican Lou Barletta is slated to release a video announcing his run for the Senate seat held by two-term Democrat Bob Casey.
His entry into the race was widely expected after the AP reported last month that Barletta had relayed his plans to GOP officials and activists.
Barletta's district includes all of Columbia County and parts of Cumberland, Dauphin, Northumberland and Perry counties.
The former mayor of Hazleton rose to political prominence as a foe of illegal immigration. He was an early supporter of President Donald Trump, who urged him to run for Senate.