Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, who easily won re-election in 2010 after seeing his career put in jeopardy by a prostitution scandal just three years before, confirmed Tuesday that he will run for governor in his state in 2015.

Vitter Enters Race for Louisiana Governor

Jan 21, 2014

Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race.

Vitter announced his plans in an email to supporters on Tuesday, saying "I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana."

The Associated Press obtained the announcement from Vitter's staff.

Vitter's announcement ends months of speculation. His decision is expected to influence which other potential candidates enter the race.

Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited.