Calgary Liberal MLA Kent Hehr wants to make the leap to federal politics.

Hehr announced he will seek the federal Liberal nomination for the riding of Calgary Centre with an eye on the 2015 federal election.

“I’ve served the people of Calgary-Buffalo in the Alberta Legislature for almost two terms now and I truly love this community,” said Hehr in a statement. “My heart is here, I know the issues in the community very well and I’m eager to build on this connection in a new role."

The federal riding overlaps with Hehr`s provincial riding.

“I understand the issues of the people who live, work and play in Calgary Centre. I’m out there talking to people every day and I know their concerns,” said Hehr.

The Calgary Centre riding is currently held by Joan Crockatt. She won the seat for the Conservatives in 2012 in a federal byelection. 

The last Liberal to be elected in Calgary was Patrick Mahoney in 1968.