UPDATE: Owen Hill has released a video telling Colorado about himself. See the video after the jump.

Republican Colorado State Senator Owen Hill has jumped into Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, telling Fox31 Denver:

“We’ve been looking at it for a while. The Republican Party in Colorado does not have an answer for what the Democrats are doing. It’s time for some new ideas and for a candidate who will focus on innovation, both on policy and within our politics.”

Hill, 31, is a freshman Colorado State Senator from Colorado Springs.  He’s perhaps best known for his support of the ASSET bill.  Hill currently works in the finance department of Compassion International, the world’s leading child sponsorship organization, which helps to lift impoverished children out of poverty.

Owen and his wife, Emily, have four children.  He has a B.S. in Economics and Operations Research from the US Air Force Academy, as well as a Ph.D. from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.