(CNN) – Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican attorney general of Virginia, announced Thursday he filed papers to launch a bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in the Commonwealth.
"This morning my campaign filed with the State Board of Elections to formally establish a campaign committee to seek the office of the Governor of Virginia," Cuccinelli wrote in a statement. "Serving as Attorney General of Virginia has been the most rewarding and fulfilling position I have ever held."
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He continued, "I am running for Governor to continue the work I have undertaken during my tenure as Attorney General and as a State Senator. I will continue my work to strengthen our economy, preserve our liberty, and to promote the principles of smaller, more efficient state government, accountable to the people it serves. I look forward to sharing my vision for the Commonwealth following the November elections."
During his tenure as Virginia's attorney general, Cuccinelli has gained a national profile. He was one of several attorneys general to file lawsuits challenging President Barack Obama's health care law, claiming the measure was unconstitutional.
Before being elected attorney general, Cuccinelli served as a state senator from Fairfax County, outside Washington.
The Commonwealth's current Lt. Governor, Republican Bill Bolling, is also running to become the GOP nominee for Virginia governor. A primary election will take place June 12.
Governors of Virginia are limited to a single four-year term, but may run again after being out of office for four years.
CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.