Steven Seagal: Action Star Mulling Governor Race
Action movie star Steven Seagal has said he is considering running for governor of Arizona.
The 61-year-old Under Siege actor said he had had talks about a bid for the state's highest office with the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, Joe Arpaio.
He made the claim while talking about his new reality TV series, Steven Seagal - Lawman: Maricopa County, according to KNXV TV.
Seagal teamed up with the Maricopa County Sheriff for the show, which was shot in Arizona and airs on cable TV's Reelz Channel.
The martial arts expert - a 7th dan black belt in Aikido - is a member of Sheriff Arpaio's "posse" made up of 3,000 unpaid civilians.
He has also deputised with sheriff's offices in New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana, and said he wants to increase border security.
If he is successful, Seagal would follow in the footsteps of action movie legend Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served two terms as governor of California between 2003 and 2011.
It was unclear which party Seagal would stand for, but Arizona is widely considered a Republican Party stronghold.
The state's current governor is Republican Jan Brewer, who took office in 2009.
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