LOS ANGELES — Congressman Adam Schiff announced Thursday on his campaign website that he is running for U.S. Senate, and said, “We’re in the fight of our lives for the future of our country.”
Schiff, D-Burbank, represents the 30th Congressional District. He will be running for the Senate seat held by Dianne Feinstein he announced via video on his campaign website and during an interview on Fox 11.
Schiff is the second prominent Democratic member of Congress from California to announce candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Rep. Katie Porter announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate last week.
Schiff, 62, is in his 11th term in the House of Representatives. He was first elected to Congress in 2001.
“Our democracy is under assault from MAGA extremists, who care only about gaining power and keeping it. And our economy is simply not working for millions of Americans, who are working harder than ever just to get by,” Schiff said in a statement released Thursday. “And at this moment, we need a fighter for our democracy and our families, which is why I’m launching my campaign to be the next U.S. Senator for California.”
He is running for the Senate seat Feinstein has held since 1992. Feinstein, 89, has not announced if she is running for reelection in 2024.
“We need a fighter in the U.S. Senate who has been at the center of the struggle for our democracy and our economy,” Schiff said. “To achieve universal health care for all Americans. To protect our environment, while creating millions of new green jobs by tracking the climate crisis head-on. To work tirelessly to protect our democracy by getting money out of politics and expanding the right to vote. To fight for workers, working families, and the middle class. To build affordable housing and keep people safe. To protect our rights. To deliver.”
Schiff’s announcement comes a day after he was removed by Kevin McCarthy, the speaker of the House, from the House Intelligence Committee. Schiff was previously the chair of the committee.
“The fight for our democracy and working families is part of the same struggle. Because if our democracy isn’t delivering for Americans, they’ll look for alternatives, like a dangerous demagogue who promises that he alone can fix it,” Schiff said.