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Republican State Sen. Michael Roberson running for Congress

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican Nevada state Sen. Michael Roberson has announced he will run for the congressional seat currently held by Republican Rep. Joe Heck.

The top-ranking state senator announced Wednesday morning on Twitter and on a campaign website that he would seek to represent Nevada's 3rd Congressional District, saying the gridlock in Congress is frustrating voters and he wants to be part of the solution.

The announcement comes two days after Heck announced he would seek the Senate seat being vacated by longtime Democratic Sen. Harry Reid.

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Roberson was elected to the state Senate in 2010. He was instrumental in ushering through a major tax package backed by fellow Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval during the most recent legislative session.

The 3rd Congressional District is located in southern Nevada.