Rising star Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Fetterman will run for US Senate
John Fetterman appears on MSNBC (screen grab)

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, whose national profile surged last year thanks to the spotlight his state received during the 2020 presidential election, is now going to run to be a United States senator.

NBC Philadelphia reports that Fetterman on Monday announced his intention to run for U.S. Senate in 2022 in what will be a key race to determine which party controls the upper chamber of the United States Congress.

"If you send me to the US Senate, I will always be 100% Sedition-Free," Fetterman wrote on Twitter in announcing his candidacy. "We as a nation crossed lines I never thought we would-or even could. My pledge to you: to hold core ideals like democracy and the peaceful transfer of power sacred, always."

The Pennsylvania Senate seat, which is currently held by retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), is an open race that will represent a pick-up opportunity for Democrats.