Lujan to run for seat held by Udall in Senate
SANTA FE, N.M. – Rep.
Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, a trusted ally of Speaker
Nancy Pelosi who was seen as a possible candidate to replace her when she retired, announced Monday that he would run for the Senate in 2020.
He will seek the seat held by Sen. Tom Udall, also a Democrat, who said last week that he would retire at the end of his term.
Lujan’s decision makes him the latest aspiring House speaker to move on because of Pelosi’s longevity. Chris
Van Hollen, now a senator from Maryland, and Xavier Becerra, now attorney general of California, are also among the former Democratic House stars who have since sought other offices.
An easygoing, well-liked member of the House who currently serves as deputy speaker, Lujan has represented New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District since 2008. He also led the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the party’s arm that supports House candidates, in the 2016 and 2018 elections.