Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa announced Friday she will be forming a campaign committee to run for governor. 

She has been in elected office for 17 years.

She is currently in her fifth year representing Hawaii's first congressional district. 

Governor David Ige released a statement on Hanabusa's announcement. 

"I welcome the Congresswoman's entry into the Governor's race. I look forward to giving voters the opportunity to compare our records of achievement and visions for the future."