California Sen. Laphonza Butler Declines 2024 Senate Run, L.A. Times Reports


FILE - Laphonza Butler, D-Calif., is seen during a re-enactment of her swearing-in ceremony to the Senate to succeed the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The crowded, wide-open race to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has hit a suspenseful turn as candidates wait for the newly appointed senator to decide if she will seek reelection after being picked to complete the remainder of Feinstein's term. Butler, a Democratic insider and former labor leader, had never held public office before joining the Senate. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough, File)
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Newly appointed California Sen. Laphonza Butler, a labor leader and activist who has never run for political office, announced that she would not compete for a full Senate term in 2024, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Her announcement ends weeks of speculation about whether she would join a crowded candidate field that includes prominent fellow Democrats. 

Butler said in a statement, according to The Times, “Knowing you can win a campaign doesn’t always mean you should run a campaign. I know this will be a surprise to many because traditionally we don’t see those who have power let it go. It may not be the decision people expected but it’s the right one for me.” 

Laphonza Butler is only the third Black woman to be a U.S. Senator.

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