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Luther Strange, Alabama's Attorney General (WHNT News file)

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is setting his sights on the U.S. Capitol.

Strange announced Tuesday he will seek the Senate seat left open by Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated for U.S. Attorney General.  Strange said he filed paperwork with federal election authorities last week.  He released the following statement:

“Following speculation about my intentions and in response to numerous media inquiries, today I am officially announcing my intention to seek the Senate seat left open by Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be our nation’s next attorney general. In keeping with those intentions, last week I filed the appropriate paperwork with federal election authorities. The voters will make the ultimate decision about who will represent them, and I look forward to making my case to the people of Alabama in the months to come as to why they can trust me to keep protecting and fighting for our conservative values.

“But today, we must focus all our efforts on confirming Jeff Sessions. Unfortunately, it is clear that many of the same colleagues who have served with Senator Sessions intend to oppose his nomination and will most likely throw out any number of outlandish, false, and scurrilous objections to his confirmation on the basis of pure politics.

“Senator Sessions is an honorable man who is eminently qualified to fill the shoes of other constitutional conservatives who have gone before him. The Justice Department and the nation desperately need him to restore integrity to the Department and to put the rule of law ahead of politics as the Department’s mission. My focus, regardless of my future, over the coming weeks will be to rally support for and vigorously defend my friend and fellow Alabamian for the sake of the United States, our system of justice, and for conservative, constitutional application of federal law. There will be a time to discuss my campaign after he is confirmed.”

Others have expressed interest in Sessions’ seat, including three elected representatives from north Alabama: U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks and State Senator Arthur Orr.