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Rep. Katie Porter Announces Candidacy For Feinstein’s California Senate Seat

Rep. Katie Porter (D-California) launched her 2024 bid for longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein‘s (D-California) Senate seat on Tuesday.

“California needs a warrior in the Senate—to stand up to special interests, fight the dangerous imbalance in our economy, and hold so-called leaders like Mitch McConnell accountable for rigging our democracy,” Porter wrote on Twitter. “Today, I’m proud to announce my candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2024.”

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Porter’s announcement comes before any official indication of the 89-year-old Feinstein’s retirement.

Although Feinstein has already filed reelection paperwork with the Federal Election Committee, there have been murmurings that she is considering stepping down. Some of her colleagues have come out with concerns that she may no longer be fit for the job due to her advanced age.

Feinstein has held her seat since 1992, even saying publically last year that she feels that she is still able to perform her duties at a high level.

Porter currently represents California’s 47th District which covers parts of Long Beach and Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport and Seal Beach. She graduated from Yale University and went on to study under Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) at Harvard Law School. Porter then taught law herself at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of Iowa.

Porter is known for her progressive views.

If Feinstein were to announce her retirement, Port would likely face many Democratic challengers for the Senate seat. Some of those individuals could include the likes of Rep. Adam Schiff (California) who has served in the U.S. House since 2001 and California Attorney Gen. Rob Bonta.

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