Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known to most Americans as Joe the Plumber, has taken concrete steps toward running for the House in Ohio.
Wurzelbacher filed candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission on Friday, and also registered a campaign committee under the name "Joe for Congress 2012."
"Joe the Plumber" became a household name during the 2008 presidential campaign when Wurzelbacher questioned then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaClinton camp: Trump's fundraising 'bragging is total bunk' Football coach Ditka: 'Happy' to speak at GOP convention but not invited Obama blames ISIS for Istanbul attack MORE's (D-Ill.) small-business plan during a campaign stop in Ohio.
Sen. John McCainJohn McCainBush World goes for Clinton, but will a former president? GOP senator: Trump could lose Arizona Senate panel passes bill that would create 4K visas for Afghans MORE (R-Ariz.) and running mate Sarah Palin, then governor of Alaska, quickly seized on Wurzelbacher as a symbol of the blue-collar America they said would suffer under Democratic policies, and dubbed him "Joe the Plumber." It later came out that he is not actually a licensed plumber.
In the years since, Wurzelbacher has capitalized on his newfound notoriety as a motivational speaker and author.
Wurzelbacher's FEC filings indicate he would run as a Republican in Ohio's 9th district, which was heavily rejiggered during a redistricting process in which Ohio lost two House seats due to slow population growth. The Democratic-leaning district runs from Cleveland to Toledo.
The race will be just as interesting on the Democratic side, where Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich are headed toward a bitter incumbent-versus-incumbent primary.