WASHINGTON — Oklahoma state Rep. George Faught, a Muskogee Republican, announced Thursday he would run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Dan Boren.
Faught is the second Republican to jump into the race. Markwayne Mullin, also of Muskogee, has established a campaign committee.
Former state lawmaker Wayne Pettigrew, a Republican of Edmond, has said he is considering the race, though he doesn't live in the district, which includes 26 counties in eastern Oklahoma.
On the Democratic side, former state Sen. Kenneth Corn, of Poteau, is considering the race.
Boren, of Muskogee, is the only Democrat in the state congressional delegation; he announced last month that he would not run for re-election next year. Voter registration in the 2nd District is overwhelmingly Democrat.
Faught, 49, who owns a carpet cleaning business with his wife, is serving his third term in the Oklahoma House.
“I have always enjoyed strong bipartisan support,” Faught said. “Regardless of party affiliation, Oklahomans are conservative and deserve conservative representation. They want God-honoring, anti-abortion, pro-gun, Constitution-supporting elected officials.”