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Edwin Edwards running for Congress in Louisiana

Monday - 3/17/2014, 5:15pm  ET

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, left, poses with wife Trina Scott Edwards, right, for photo, before speaking at the Baton Rouge Press Club, Monday, March 17, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La., announcing that he would join the race to represent the state’s Baton Rouge-based 6th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Edwards served two terms as governor in the 1970s. He was re-elected in 1983 and made another comeback for a fourth term in 1991. (AP Photo/Travis Spradling)

KEVIN McGILL
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards says he will enter the race for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District, ending months of speculation about the 86-year-old's political future.

The congressional seat is being vacated by Republican Bill Cassidy, who is running for Senate against incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat.

A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.

Edwards, a Democrat, served two terms as governor in the 1970s. He was re-elected in 1983 and made another comeback for a fourth term in 1991.

He served eight years in prison for a felony conviction arising from the licensing of riverboat casinos in his fourth term.

Edwards' announcement Monday came during a Press Club luncheon at a Baton Rouge casino.


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