The chair of Maryland’s powerful House of Delegates economic matters committee said Wednesday that he will compete for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), who is running for U.S. Senate.

Del. Dereck Davis (D-Prince George’s) will join a crowded field of Democratic candidates that includes former Prince George’s state’s attorney Glenn F. Ivey, former Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk and former county council member Ingrid Turner.

Davis said he consulted with U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D) and former Reps. Kweisi Mfume and Albert Wynn before making his decision to run.

He said Cummings told him, “ ‘Dereck, if you’re committed to serving people, you can have a greater impact in Washington than in Annapolis.’ ”

“Even with the party in the minority,” Davis added, “you can accomplish so much more at the federal level on issues like the minimum wage, which I helped lead in the state.”

Davis has spent more than two decades in the House of Delegates. He said he believes he is “among the best prepared, if not the best prepared,” to soothe partisan gridlock and work with Republicans in Congress on issues such as immigration reform, climate change and reforming the tax code to make sure “corporations are paying their fair share.”

When not in Annapolis, Davis works as the deputy director for the Office of Community Relations in Prince George’s County government.