U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy announced Friday he would not be entering the Louisiana Governor's race in 2023.
"When I was elected to the United State Senate, I was given a job to represent the people of Louisiana and serve the United States of America," Cassidy, a Republican, said.
"For the last several years, I have been working on specific legislation that is critical for the future of our state and country," Cassidy continued. "I don't know if these solutions will pass, but I know they will not pass if I decide to run for another office."
"I have chosen to remain focused on the job I was sent here to do and to see these efforts through. Therefore, I will not be a candidate for governor," he concluded.
Louisiana's other U.S. Senator, John Kennedy, has said he is still considering whether he will enter the Governor's race.
The Republican Party of Louisiana has already endorsed state Attorney General Jeff Landry, a decision that has rankled some members, including potential candidate Lt. Gov. Billy Nunguesser.