Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) will be joining Fox News and Fox Business as a paid contributor, the channel announced on Wednesday.

"Through 16 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, Fox News has always provided me with an opportunity to share my perspective with its enormous viewership," Kucinich said in a statement. "I look forward to a continuation of our relationship this time as a Fox News contributor."

Kucinich had become known as a vocal liberal while representing Ohio's 10th congressional district for sixteen years. He was ousted from Congress after his district was merged with another Democratic district, resulting in Kucinich being defeated by Rep. Marcy Kaptur in a bitter primary battle.

"I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues. His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country’s debate," Fox News chairman Roger Ailes added.

Fox News said Kucinich would make his debut Thursday night on The O’Reilly Factor.

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