Sandra Fluke speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Sept. 5, 2012.
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Sandra Fluke shakes up political plans


Sandra Fluke won’t be running for U.S. Congress after all, but she’s not abandoning electoral politics – the women’s rights advocate announced early Wednesday that she will make a bid for the California State Senate.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Fluke had filed paperwork to seek the California Democratic Party’s nomination in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. Then the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that Fluke said she would not run in that election and is instead looking to succeed state Sen. Ted Lieu, who is running for Waxman’s seat.

Fluke confirmed the news on her Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I have received since I announced that I was considering running for office. My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families,” Fluke told the LA Times. “I am committed to continuing that fight in Sacramento, working to protect our environment, ensure our access to health care, and create the jobs that are desperately needed. While I strongly considered offering my candidacy for Congress, I feel there is a better way for me to advance the causes that are important to our community.”