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Newly appointed California Sen. Laphonza Butler will not seek election to a full term in 2024

By Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press on October 19, 2023.

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. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Newly appointed California Democratic Sen. Laphonza Butler will not seek election to a full term in 2024.

Butler – who was named earlier this month by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to complete the remaining term of the late Dianne Feinstein – says in a statement she made the decision after considering “what kind of life I want to have, what kind of service I want to offer and what kind of voice I want to bring forward.”

Her candidacy would have complicated an already crowded race that includes several other prominent Democrats – U.S. Reps. Katie Porter, Adam Schiff and Barbara Lee.

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