WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic Representative Katie Porter of California said Tuesday that she will seek the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Dianne Feinsteina fellow Democrat and the oldest member of the chamber.
“Especially in times like these, California needs a warrior in Washington,” Porter said in a video posted on Twitter. “This is exactly why I am announcing my candidacy for the United States Senate in 2024.”
Porter is a progressive Democrat who was first elected to Congress in 2018 and won a close race for re-election. to its newly redesigned Southern California district in November. She said in the video that she “challenged the status quo” in Washington, taking on “big banks”, Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry. She wants to ban members of Congress from trading stocks.
“To win these fights, it’s time for new leadership in the US Senate,” she said.
Feinstein, 89, has grappled with questions about her health and whether she will seek another term for several years.. She has not announced whether she will seek re-election in 2024, although she is expected to retire.
“Of course, everyone is welcome to throw their hat in the ring, and I will make an announcement about my 2024 plans at an appropriate time,” Feinstein, who won her sixth election in 2018, said in a statement on Tuesday. She added that she is currently “focused on making sure California has all the resources it needs” to deal with the deadly storms that hit the state..
Porter’s announcement, which came as torrential rains and mudslides forced thousands of people from their homes and were blamed for the deaths of more than a dozen people, could be the start of a competitive race between several candidates in the heavily Democratic state. . Republicans haven’t won a statewide race in California since 2006, and with Feinstein and Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer both locked in their seats for a quarter of a century, several Democrats are waiting for their chance.
Among the potential candidates is Representative Adam Schiff, who was a key figure in the impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump and has said he is exploring a Senate run. Representative Ro Khanna told NBC News Tuesday that he is focused on the “historic weather conditions” his district is facing and that he will make a decision “in the coming months.”
Feinstein was elected for a sixth time in 2018. Noticeably more fragile than in previous years and occasionally overlooked when questioned, she does not hold senior leadership roles, makes fewer public appearances and is no longer the force she once was in the Senate. She resigned as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee in 2020 and also declined to take the senator job pro tempore this year following the retirement of Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy.
The president pro tempore of the Senate, third in line to the presidency, usually goes automatically to the most senior member of the majority party. As the de facto President of the Senate when the Vice President is absent, the President pro tempore has a number of roles, including opening the Senate each day it is in session.
Although Feinstein is the most senior Democrat in the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer gave the job to Washington Senator Patty Murray after Feinstein indicated he would not accept it. In a statement released by a spokesperson last year, she said: “I never thought about being president pro tempore and I have no interest in that at the moment.”
Feinstein has also faced resistance from Democrats, who see her as too bipartisan at a time when politics is more polarized and her state is increasingly liberal. She was criticized in 2020 for being too friendly with Republicans during Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings. This included a hug from Republican President Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina at the conclusion of the hearings and kind words for what she called a job well done.
Feinstein defended his performance and said in 2021 that he planned to serve his term in full, even as speculation and open discussion about the future of the chair. Governor Gavin Newson Said In 2021 He Would Nominate A Black Woman to replace Feinstein, who is white, if she retires early.
Porter, 49, was a consumer protection attorney before her election to the House and gained a reputation for harshly questioning CEOs and other witnesses at congressional hearings — often using a whiteboard to drill down to information.
Porter’s media savvy was again on display during the recent meltdown in the US House over the election of a new president. How Republicans ArguedPorter was seen sitting in the chamber, uninterested, reading a book on “the subtle art” of not caring what’s going on.
Porter has also been one of the House’s top fundraisers, having spent more than $24 million on his re-election to the House last year. Tuesday’s announcement gives her a head start on depositing money and securing donor support.
His opponent in the November House election, Republican Scott Baugh, said on Tuesday he would run again in the coveted House district in 2024.
Burnett reported from Chicago. Associated Press reporter Michael Blood contributed from California.
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