Democratic Representative Adam Schiff announced on Thursday that he will run for Senate in the 2024 election for Senator Dianne Feinstein’s seat in California. Schiff stated that he looks forward to campaigning hard and meeting Californians to earn their votes and trust. “Our democracy is at great risk,” he posted on his social media platforms. “Because GOP leaders care more about power than anything else. And because our economy isn’t working for millions of hard working Americans. We’re in the fight of our lives—a fight I’m ready to lead as California’s next U.S. Senator.”
Feinstein, who is 89 years old, has filed 2024 reelection paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), but has not yet announced her plans for seeking a sixth full term.
Schiff is joining fellow California Rep. Katie Porter in the Democratic primary, and multiple sources have reported that Rep. Barbara Lee also plans to run. Other potential candidates include California Lt. Gov Eleni Kounalakis, California Attorney General Rob Bonta, and US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra. Schiff reportedly met with Feinstein, who is a mentor of his, in December to inform her of his plans in a show of respect.
His run for senate leaves his seat open in California’s 30th Congressional District and some West Hollywood players are believed to be eyeing his seat. Actor and former West Hollywood council member hopeful, Ben Savage, known for his role as the lead in the 90s sitcom “Boy Meets World,” has filed papers to run for congress. And if the rumors are true, West Hollywood’s new Mayor Sepi Shine is also eyeing his seat.
Schiff is the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee He was kicked off of the panel this week by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. He was also a member of the House select committee that investigated the January 6, 2021, attack at the US Capitol. Schiff also served as the lead House manager for former President Donald Trump’s first Senate impeachment trial.