Rep. Adam Schiff said Tuesday that he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat coming open next year with the departure of fellow Democrat Barbara Boxer.
“After giving it much thought, I have decided that I will not run for the open Senate seat next year,” Schiff, D-Burbank, said in a prepared statement. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and feel I can continue to make a significant contribution to the nation's security in that position.”
Schiff, a former state senator, has risen through the ranks of Congress since his high-profile unseating of Republican Rep. Jim Rogan, known for his role in the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.
Schiff’s exit leaves Attorney General Kamala Harris as the only Democrat so far to campaign for the seat since Boxer announced her plans early this year. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, who has been actively pursuing a possible run, is slated to speak at the state Democratic Party’s annual convention this weekend. Democratic Reps. Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles and John Garamendi of Walnut Grove, also have said they are looking at mounting campaigns of their own.
Harris, Sanchez and Becerra have been invited by the Chicano Latino Caucus to speak at the convention Saturday evening in Anaheim.