BATON ROUGE - Senator Rick Ward announced he is not running for Congress recently in a prepared statement.

"While considering the amount of time I will spend campaigning for Congress over the next year and serving in Congress afterwards, it has become very apparent to me that the hours and days away from my family will be extraordinary," Ward said. "Because our three children are young, I strongly believe I need to spend as much time with them as possible during their formative years. For this reason, I will not be a candidate for Congress."

Ward said the decision was made easier because he greatly enjoys serving the people of the 17th Senatorial District in the Louisiana Senate.

"There is no better job than representing and fighting for the good, hardworking people I have known all of my life," Ward said.