ATLANTA — Former University of Georgia and NFL star Herschel Walker will run for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia.
A statement of candidacy was listed Tuesday on the Federal Election Commission's website.
Walker previously told news outlets that he was considering the 2022 run. The seat is currently held by Democratic U.S Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Walker's stance as a Black conservative and Republican has been well documented in recent years.
In 2018, Walker endorsed Brian Kemp in his bid for governor.
In August 2020, Walker was a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention in support of Former President Donald Trump's re-election bid.
Walker was born and raised in Georgia, was a three-time consensus all-American for the Georgia Bulldogs, amassing 5,259 rushing yards and 49 touchdowns over three seasons. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1982 and then went on to play for the New Jersey Generals of the now-defunct USFL for three seasons, including two when Trump owned the team. Walker moved to the NFL in 1986 and played there through 1997.
Questions of his current residency swirled recently due to the fact that the football legend has lived in the same house near Dallas, Texas, for the last decade and has declared it his "homestead" for tax purposes. However, he could keep the Texas exemption if he became an "inhabitant" in Georgia, long enough to qualify to serve in Congress, under the vague residency rules outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
Just this week, 11Alive learned that it appears Walker recently registered to vote in Georgia with a metro Atlanta address.
11Alive is reaching out to Sen. Warnock's team for comment about Walker's candidacy. We will update this story when we hear back.
Dan Gottlieb, spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Georgia, released the following statement:
“Walker’s entrance into Georgia’s chaotic GOP Senate primary is the nightmare scenario that Republicans have spent the entire cycle trying to avoid. By the end of this long, divisive, and expensive intra-party fight, it’ll be clear that none of these candidates are focused on the issues that matter most to Georgians.”