Ex-congressman Baron Hill to join Indiana Senate race

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Democratic congressman Baron Hill plans to join Indiana’s U.S. Senate race to replace retiring Republican Dan Coats.

The 61-year-old Hill made the announcement Thursday night in Columbus during the Bartholomew County Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner.

Hill said Friday he’ll formally announce his 2016 Senate campaign in early June and will “focus like a laser beam” on ways to increase workers’ wages.

It will be Hill’s second Senate campaign, following a 1990 run in which he was defeated by Coats.

Coats retired from the Senate in 1998, but was re-elected to the chamber in 2010.

Hill served five terms in southern Indiana’s hotly contested 9th Congressional District. He was defeated in 2010 by Republican Todd Young.

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