EVANSVILLE -- Indiana 8th Congressional District resident Patrick Scates announced Monday he will seek the Democratic nomination for the seat.
"After many conversations with Hoosiers from all across Indiana and with the love and support of my family, I am excited to announce I am running for Congress," Scates said. "At a time when Hoosiers are struggling to find work, businesses are cutting back or closing their doors altogether, and the American Dream is slipping away for so many, Congress has become completely ineffective.
"Congress isn't just going in the wrong direction. It's much worse. Washington is snarled up in a gridlock. That's got to change."
Scates was born in Evansville. He was raised on his family's farm near Carmi, Ill.
His father helped manage the family farm and ran the family's small business of selling irrigation center pivots.
In 2005, he worked as an advisor in the U.S. Senate run for then-Senator Barack Obama, eventually becoming a senior aide to Congressman Brad Ellsworth.
He currently works as a sales executive for design and management consulting firm, R.W. Armstrong.
His wife Kate is a social worker for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. They have four children.