February 5, 2014 — Women's rights activist Sandra Fluke announced late Tuesday that she will run for state Senate in California, rather than seeking a U.S. House seat, the Los Angeles Times' "PolitiCal" reports (Mehta, "PolitiCal," Los Angeles Times, 2/5).
Fluke had filed initial paperwork toward a run for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who is retiring. Her spokesperson said at the time that it was simply a preliminary step and that no final decision had been made.
Fluke gained national prominence in 2012, when her request to testify before a GOP-led congressional panel about contraception was rejected (Kopan, Politico, 2/4). Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh later called her a "slut" for her advocacy of contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) (Blake, "Post Politics," Washington Post, 2/4).
State Senate Decision
Fluke, who moved to Los Angeles after graduating from law school, said the decision to seek the California Senate seat was based on her belief that she would accomplish more as a state legislator than as a U.S. representative.
She will run for the seat currently held by state Sen. Ted Lieu (D), who is facing former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel in seeking the Democratic nomination for Waxman's House seat ("PolitiCal," Los Angeles Times, 2/5).