Jindal's ex-coastal leader running for Congress
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's former coastal chief, Garret Graves, is running for Congress this fall.
Graves, a Republican, announced Wednesday that he'll seek the vacant 6th District seat, representing from Pointe Coupee Parish down into Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, containing most of the metropolitan Baton Rouge area.
In a statement, Graves declared his intention to run by saying, "I'm all in."
The announcement comes less than two weeks after Graves left the Jindal administration. He is one of a half dozen GOP contenders vying for the seat, which is open because Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is running for the U.S. Senate.
Graves spent six years as chairman of the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. He's also worked for former Sen. John Breaux and former Congressman Billy Tauzin.