Country music star Sammy Kershaw is backing Billy Nungesser’s bid to become lieutenant governor – a job he once sought himself.

“Louisiana has seen its share of hard times over the past decade and during that time, no one proved to be a bigger voice or a better fighter for our state than Billy Nungesser,” Kershaw said in a statement released by Nungesser’s campaign Monday.

Nungesser is the former president of Plaquemines Parish who became the face of Louisiana in the aftermath of the BP Gulf oil spill as he sought recovery help.

Nungesser met Kershaw, who hails from Acadiana, while both worked to bring attention to Louisiana’s coast after the oil spill.

Kershaw, a Republican, ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2007 and then again in 2010 when a special election was held to fill the vacancy created when Mitch Landrieu won election as mayor of New Orleans.