Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., announced that in 2024 he would be running for Senate. This is another addition to the challenging Democratic primary race for Dianne Feinstein’s seat.
In a statement, Schiff said that this was a time when the Democrats needed to fight the country, and the only way of doing that was by having “a fighter in the U.S. Senate.” He added that MAGA extremists were a danger to U.S. democracy. He also pointed out that the country’s economy had not been serving millions of Americans who are currently having a hard time making ends meet.
Schiff is not the only one to have so far joined the Senate race for that seat. Reps. Katie Porter and Barbara Lee have both joined the race, while Feinstein has not yet announced whether she would be seeking reelection.
When talking about his plans in the Senate, Schiff said that he would work towards making universal health care a reality as well as protecting the environment, focusing on safety, affordable housing, and the right to vote.
Schiff, 62, has served in the House for over two decades. Recently his time as chair of the Intelligence Committee came to an end, in large part because of his involvement with former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial. He had previously served as a ranking member in the panel from 2015 to 2019 while the Republicans had control of the House.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., did not allow Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., to serve on the Intelligence Committee going forward.