According to sources, Former NFL player, Arkansas Razorback, and Army veteran Jake Bequette announced his run for U.S. Senate on Monday, July 12. Bequette made his announcement on Twitter with a video and link to his campaign website.

“I have lived my life with service and conservative values at the forefront. Now, I have a calling to do more. That is why I am running for the United States Senate,” Bequette said on Twitter.

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Bequette was born and raised in Little Rock, AR, according to his website, and not only played for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but also a Super Bowl XLIX championship with the New England Patriots.

He received his education at Little Rock Catholic High School and the University of Arkansas. During his four years as a Razorback, Jake excelled both in the classroom and on the football field as an All-SEC defensive end and an Academic All-American.

Bequette is also the founder of the Arkansas Fund which he launched in January, a nonprofit dedicated to helping small businesses in Arkansas that have struggled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, The Arkansas Fund has raised over $100,000 and distributed 35 grants to aid small businesses statewide, according to the campaign website. 

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Three Republicans also have launched bids to unseat Senator John Boozman in next year’s GOP primary, including Jan Morgan and Heath Loftis.