BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Friday was the final day for candidates on the local, state and federal level to qualify to run for election.

For those who are qualifying for federal offices, there is only one place to do that and that’s here at the Louisiana State Archives Office.

“We just signed up to run for sixth district of Louisiana for the United States Congress,” said Rep. Garret Graves.

Graves officially threw his hat into the ring. He has been outspoken about infrastructure in the state including the building of a new bridge.

“And I want to be clear that I will support any data-driven decision and we are going to be working with the department of transportation and development to look at their data in terms of how they narrowed to that three,” Graves said.

Congresswoman Julia Letlow took office in April 2021 after a special election to win the seat previously held by her husband Luke Letlow who passed away from complications of COVID-19.

“I ran on the promise that I was going to deliver results to the fifth district, and I am so proud that we have been able to do that,” Letlow said.

Letlow serves on the House Committee on Appropriations and shared how important that role means to her and the community.

“Appropriations is one of the most powerful committees in congress, they literally hold the purse strings for the country,” said Letlow.

The minority whip Congressman Steve Scalise qualified as well and said if elected he will continue to press for reforms on FEMA.

“Especially as it relates to the National Flood Insurance Program and I want to repeal risk rating 2.0 and get back to a program where we can have affordable rates, certainty in this program and a long-term reauthorization,” said Scalise.