CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Republican Party Chair Conrad Lucas announced his bid for Congress in West Virginia’s 3rd U.S. House District on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Conrad Lucas

“I’m running for Congress. I am very excited about that,” Lucas said.

He will be resigning as party chair during a January meeting. His current term ends in July.

“I’m running to represent our conservative values in Washington. I know President Trump is under attack by a lot of folks in the liberal media and a lot of folks in Congress and I look forward to standing there on his side to represent West Virginia and the way West Virginia deserves to be represented,” Lucas said.

Lucas informed the Steering Committee of the West Virginia Republican Party on Monday night.

He is running for the seat currently held by 3rd District Congressman Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.). Jenkins is running for U.S. Senate.

If elected, he said he wants to see tax reforms that benefit the Mountain State.

“I support what the House of Representatives has been working on. We’ll see how that comes to fruition when the Senate gets into the down and dirty components to that, but we know we need to simplify our tax code. We know that we need to incentivise American businesses to hire American workers and I think that should be done right here in West Virginia,” Lucas said.

Lucas was elected in May 2012 as the youngest state party chair in the country.

During his tenure, West Virginia Republicans gained control of the state Legislature. He previously served as an intern in 2001 for then-Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito. Lucas also served as the chairman of the West Virginia Young Republicans and as the WVGOP Victory Director.

He currently lives in Huntington with his wife.

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