State Sen. Dick Black (R-13th) will seek the Republican nomination to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.-10th), NBC4 in Washington reported late Wednesday.
Many pundits have listed Black, who formed an exploratory committee to study a campaign for Congress almost immediately following Wolf's surprise retirement announcement, as one of the frontrunners for the GOP nomination, along with state Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34th). Comstock announced her own campaign for the seat earlier this week.
"I'm running," Black told NBC4. "I'm going to be running so we just have to get the papers filed and that type of thing."
The 10th Congressional District Republican Committee has yet to announce whether it will hold a primary or a convention to nominate its candidate.
A hard-line conservative and one of the fiercest pro-life advocates in the Virginia General Assembly, Black has served in the state Senate since 2012. He served in the House of Delegates for seven years before losing a re-election bid in 2005.
Comstock, meanwhile, was elected to a third term in the state house last November. She was a top Virginia adviser to Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.
As for the Democrats in the 10th district, two-term Fairfax Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) of McLean is considered the frontrunner in that race which also includes Leesburg architect and author Sam Kubba (D) and Fairfax attorney Richard Bolger (D).
Foust officially kicked off his campaign last week with a fundraiser.
Prince William Times Staff Writer Dan Roem contributed to this report.