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Former congressman to run for attorney general

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Former Congressman Jeff Landry says he's running to be Louisiana's next attorney general.

A Republican, Landry announced Monday that he'll seek the seat currently held by GOP Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in the 2015 election.

Landry, a lawyer and businessman from New Iberia, was in the U.S. House for one term and became a tea party favorite.

But he lost his re-election bid in 2012 when he was forced into the same district as Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, after Louisiana lost a House seat because of stagnant population in the federal census.

Landry has criticized Caldwell for his support of contracting arrangements that give lawyers a slice of a judgment, rather than a flat rate of pay.

Caldwell's office didn't immediately respond Monday to whether he'll run for re-election.

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