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US Rep. Loretta Sanchez considering bid for Senate seat

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Anaheim) attends the 13th Annual National Hispanic Foundation For The Arts (NHFA) Noche Musical at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in this file photo taken on September 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. Sanchez said Tuesday, January 13, 2014, that she was considering a bid for outgoing U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Anaheim) attends the 13th Annual National Hispanic Foundation For The Arts (NHFA) Noche Musical at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in this file photo taken on September 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. Sanchez said Tuesday, January 13, 2014, that she was considering a bid for outgoing U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat.
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Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Anaheim) on Tuesday said she is considering a run for the open seat left by outgoing U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.

Sanchez joins a growing list of potential candidates considering a run for Boxer's seat, including former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez and others.

"For the past 18 years, I have focused on putting California’s working families first. From immigration reform to affordable health care to funding quality education, I have advocated for policies that give all families the same access to the American Dream," Sanchez wrote in a statement. "Californians deserve a strong voice in Washington and I have never been afraid to speak up, which is why I am seriously considering running for the United States Senate in 2016."

California Attorney General announced on the same day the she was entering the race.