(CNN) – Asa Hutchinson, the former Republican congressman who helmed the National Rifle Association's task force on school safety, said Wednesday he was formally jumping into the race for Arkansas governor.
Hutchinson represented Arkansas' 3rd Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 1997-2001, leaving after being re-elected to a third term when he was appointed head of the Drug Enforcement Administration by President George W. Bush.
He made a bid for governor in 2006, but was defeated by the current Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.
Hutchinson was appointed by the NRA to investigate school safety and how to improve it after the December shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Part of the plan devised by his task force includes putting armed adults in schools after extensive training sessions.