Rep. Barbara Lee Announces She’s Running For Senate In California

A week after Sen. Dianne Feinstein declared she will not seek reelection in 2024, California Rep. Barbara Lee announced in a tweet on Tuesday that she is running for the California Senate.

“Today I am proud to announce my candidacy for U.S. Senate,” Lee wrote. “I’ve never backed down from doing what’s right. And I never will. Californians deserve a strong, progressive leader who has delivered real change.”

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She joins a swelling field; before Feinstein announced her retirement, Democratic Reps. Katie Porter and Adam Schiff said they will compete for Feinstein’s seat. Nancy Pelosi, the former speaker of the House, declared her support for Schiff.

In a video that accompanied her post, Lee discussed the difficulties she has faced, including those she faced as a single mother who fled an abusive marriage and had an illegal abortion. She also bragged about her accomplishments, including writing the first California Violence Against Women Act and supporting LGBT+ concerns while serving as a state senator.

Rep. Barbara Lee Announces Run For California Senate Seat

Lee has served as the 12th District’s (formerly 13th) congressional representative since 1998. She was also the only member of the House to vote against the Authorization to Use Military Force after the 9/11 terrorist attacks because she thought it would start an endless conflict. Lee currently Lee now participates in the budget and appropriations committees for the House.

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