There's a new hat in the ring for Connecticut's fifth Congressional District seat.

Mike Clark of Farmington recently announced he has entered the race as a Republican for a seat to be vacated after three, two-year terms by Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Chris Murphy.

Mr. Clark received a bachelor's degree in English and history from Rowan (N.J.) University in 1976 and a master's degree from Seton Hall (N.J.) University.

He became an FBI special agent in 1983 and was transferred to Connecticut in 1990. He then investigated corruption in municipal and state government for 15 years.

Mr. Clark was awarded the U.S. Attorney's Award for investigative excellence and service to the citizens of the state.

He is currently a professor at the Henry Lee College of Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven.

Since his election as chairman of the Town Council in Farmington in 2005, Mr. Clark said he has helped the town maintain that area's lowest mill rate, helped pay 20 percent of the town's bonded debt, had the town's Moody's municipal rating upgraded to AAA status, and helped Farmington show annual growth in the Grand List.

He and his wife, Sue, have been married for 33 years and have four children.

Mr. Clark has resided in Farmington for 22 years and belongs to the Rotary Club and Exchange Club service organizations.