Mike Pence has announced that he will run for Indiana governor, a move widely expected now for months.

"We've listened and learned where Hoosiers think we might best serve Indiana in the years ahead," Pence told supporters via a video on his website. "I've been humbled by the outpouring of encouragement we've received from people across this state... and it's for that reason today, I'm announcing my candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor of Indiana in 2012."

The current Indiana representative stepped down from his No. 3 House leadership earlier this year, signaling he was seriously considering a run for the state's highest office.

Pence won his first election in 2000. Before that he was a radio talk show host. He finds his most ardent supporters in social issues, but is also known on Capitol Hill as a money hawk, as well as a Tea Party favorite.