(CNN) - Republican James Inhofe, the senior senator from Oklahoma, announced Wednesday that he will seek re-election next year.
Inhofe made the announcement on KRMG, a Tulsa, Oklahoma radio station.
KRMG quoted Inhofe as making the decision to run again hours after President Obama won reelection in November of last year.
"I went home and I talked to my wife and I said you know we've got a serious problem here, we're going to have this guy around for four more years," Inhofe told KRMG. "I just can't bail out now."
The three-term senator won the general election in 2008 with 57% of the vote.