Lu­jan to run for seat held by Udall in Sen­ate

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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.

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