MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., announced Tuesday he will run again for his 1st Congressional District seat in 2018.

McKinley has been serving in the House of Representatives since 2011.

Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va.

“In making a decision about my plans for 2018, the question ‘Where can I be most effective?’ has been front and center,” McKinley said in a statement. “Given the seniority and influence I’ve earned in the House of Representatives, I’ve concluded that serving in the House would be most effective for the people of West Virginia.”

He currently serves as chairman of the Congressional Coal Caucus. He is also a member of numerous subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.