MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama is planning to run for another term.
A spokeswoman for Shelby confirmed his intentions on Thursday. They were first reported by Roll Call.
The 80-year-old senator from Tuscaloosa serves as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
Shelby spent eight years in the Alabama Senate and eight years in the U.S. House as a Democrat before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986. He switched to the Republican Party in 1994 when the GOP gained a majority in Congress and has not had serious Democratic opposition since then.
Shelby has nearly $18 million in his campaign treasury. That is more than double the amount spent by all candidates in last year’s race for governor.