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May 3-- Congressman Jack Kingston officially entered the race for U.S. Senate on Thursday.

{mosimage}Kingston formerly represented the Toombs County area and is one of Georgia's longest-serving Republicans in Congress.  He said in a campaign blog that he had the credentials to move the conservative agenda in Washington.

The Athens native, who works in insurance, is the third Republican congressman to enter the 2014 race to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who has announced his retirement. The other candidates include Athens Rep. Paul Broun and Marietta Rep. Phil Gingrey.

"We need a Senate that is responsive to the American people. We need a Senate that acts to make government more effective and accountable," Kingston said in a Facebook post Thursday.