Shreveport City Councilman running for congress

Published: Feb. 15, 2016 at 4:49 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 29, 2016 at 4:51 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport city councilman announced Monday morning that he is running for a Louisiana congressional seat.

Oliver Jenkins will run to represent Louisiana's fourth congressional district.

The retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant colonel is a Republican. He was elected to Shreveport City Council in 2010. He also serves as the president and chief operating officer of an oil and gas company, according to a statement he released.

"I am announcing my campaign for Congress because I believe we need a proven leader who will put the citizens' needs first," said Jenkins in the release. "Drawing on my military background and business experience, I am committed to serving the constituents of the 4th Congressional District with energy and integrity, focusing on bringing jobs to our area, while promoting and protecting our valuable assets such as Barksdale Air Force Base and Fort Polk."

Jenkins is married to the former Anne Selber. They have a 10-year-old son named Arthur and a 5-year-old daughter Frances.

A formal kickoff rally is expected to be announced from the campaign.

The seat is currently held by Doctor John Fleming.

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