A Republican state lawmaker from the Savannah area plans to run for the U.S. House seat being vacated by longtime GOP Rep. Jack Kingston.
State Sen. Buddy Carter, a pharmacist from Pooler, was scheduled to announce his campaign for Georgia's 1st District congressional seat Monday. His announcement comes just a few days after Kingston kicked off his 2014 race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring next year.
Carter has served in the state Senate since 2009 and spent four years before that in the House. Before running for the statehouse, he served eight years as mayor of Pooler in west Chatham County.
The 1st District congressional seat covers parts of 17 southeast Georgia counties from Savannah to Moody Air Force Base near Valdosta.