Ralph Abraham, M.D. says he is running for Governor. Abraham said "I'm running for Governor and I intend to win."

Abraham is a conservative Republican and has served in Congress since 2015 as the U.S. Representative for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District which includes 24 parishes in North, Central and Southeast Louisiana.

This is part of a release sent out to the media:

As a Congressman, Ralph has worked on issues that affect all of Louisiana. He is a member of the Armed Services Committee and has helped secure funding and resources for Louisiana's military installations at Fort Polk, Barksdale Air Force Base and the Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse. He is also Louisiana's only representative on the Agriculture Committee, and he has served on the Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Veterans' Affairs Committee.

This release comes on the heels of Senator John Kennedy's announcement this week that he will not run for Governor.

Before joining Congress, Abraham worked as a general family doctor in rural Richland Parish. He is also a veterinarian, veteran, farmer, and business owner.

Ralph and his wife, Dianne, have been married for 43 years. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren. They are members of Alto Baptist Church.