Capitol Alert

Rep. Adam Schiff mulls U.S. Senate run


Rep. Adam Schiff said Thursday he is seriously considering a candidacy to succeed the retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said he’s been approached about running for the seat that Boxer will have occupied for two-dozen years by the time she leaves office in January 2017.

“Since Senator Boxer announced her retirement, I have been encouraged by many Californians to run for her seat in 2016,” Schiff, a 54-year-old Democrat from Burbank, said in a prepared statement. “As the opportunity to run for a California Senate seat comes around very seldom and I would relish the chance to serve the entire state, I am giving the matter serious consideration.”

In the statement, Schiff said his position on the Intelligence Committee involves considerable demands and responsibilities, “and I hope to reach a decision in the near future after consulting with my family, friends and constituents.”

Schiff, who represents the Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena area, came to Congress after defeating former Republican Rep. Jim Rogan in a 2000 race that ranks among the most expensive House contests ever.

Earlier Thursday, billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer said he will not run for the seat and instead will focus on helping elect Democrats and working to reverse the effects of global climate change.

Attorney General Kamala Harris is so far the only announced candidate for Boxer’s seat. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Treasurer John Chiang, Reps. Xavier Becerra and Loretta Sanchez and other members of Congress also are considering bids. Republicans, despite early interest, have not yet fielded a candidate.

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago.