Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin announced Sunday, Jan. 7, that he is stepping down on March 15 to run for Congress.

Hawaii’s first district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to the vacated by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa when she runs for governor.

“I’ve also been able to take stands in support of LGBT rights, women’s reproductive rights, as well as standing up to every illegal and unconstitutional action that’s been taken by the Trump administration in the last year,” Chin told KHON2. “Quite honestly, that’s what motivated me to run for Congress. I just feel like we’re in a place where we can’t take our country for granted. I want to step up and I want to be able to make a difference.”

Chin filed his papers in December for the race.

Initially, the attorney general said he would not need to give up his current position in order to run.

Until March 15, a committee of deputy attorneys general led by the chief deputy will evaluate new litigation, investigations, prosecutions, and settlements previously handled by Chin.

The attorney general says he will resolve or transition his existing large cases within his portfolio to ensure no matters are delayed due to his departure.

“One of the things I tried to explain to one of my colleagues is that Hawaii is very special. We really do try to keep the AG’s office as non-political as possible, so I’m trying to what I can to make sure we do everything properly, that we keep things non-political between now and March,” Chin said.

Honolulu city councilman Ernie Martin, state Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, and state Rep. Kaniela Ing also announced they will run for the First Congressional District seat.