Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) will run for lieutenant governor in his state, he announced Thursday.
The two-term congressman has been widely expected to announce a bid for the last few weeks. The former Bush administration U.S. attorney surprised many when he announced late last year he wouldn't seek a third term in the House, expressing frustration with how Congress was operating.
Republicans are expected to hold onto Griffin's GOP-leaning Little Rock seat, though Democrats are hopeful they could compete for it.