Josh Hawley, a professor at the University of Missouri School of Law, announced on Thursday that he’s running for state attorney general.
The 35-year-old professor said he plans to “stand up for the Constitution, to stand up for our liberties and stand up for the values of Missourians.”
Hawley, a Republican, will face another Columbia attorney, Sen. Kurt Schaefer, in next year’s GOP primary.
Two Democrats also have declared their candidacy: State Sen. Scott Sifton of St. Louis County and St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman.
Hawley was part of a group of 15 lawyers to represent Hobby Lobby in its case over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate that advanced to the U.S. Supreme Court.