Republican Assemblyman Colin Schmitt on Tuesday announced he would run for the the seat in the 18th Congressional District in the Hudson Valley next year.

If he secures the GOP nomination, Schmitt would be running for the seat held by Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who is leading the House Democrats' campaign arm this cycle.

"It’s OFFICIAL! I’m running for Congress to represent New York’s 18th Congressional district," he wrote on Twitter. "The Hudson Valley deserves a leader in Washington."

Schmitt was first elected to the Hudson Valley Assembly seat he now represents in 2018.