On April 8, 2021, Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California’s 28th Congressional District, announced his candidacy for the United States Senate. Schiff, who has represented his district since 2001, stated that he was running to “fight for the people of California and to help lead our nation in a new direction.”
Schiff’s announcement comes after months of speculation about his political future; he had been widely expected to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Dianne Feinstein in 2022. In his announcement, Schiff said, “I am running for the United States Senate because I believe that we need a senator who will stand up for the people of California and fight for a better future for all of us.”
Schiff is a longtime member of the House of Representatives and currently serves as the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. During his tenure in the House, he has been a leader in the fight against corruption and foreign interference, and has been a vocal advocate for the protection of civil liberties.
As Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff has been at the forefront of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and was one of the leading voices in the impeachment of former President Donald Trump. He has also been a vocal critic of the Trump administration’s foreign policy and has been a strong advocate for human rights and democracy in the United States and around the world.
Schiff has also been an outspoken critic of the current administration’s immigration policies, and has been a leader in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. He has been a vocal advocate for Dreamers and has been a strong supporter of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
In his announcement, Schiff said that he was running because “we need a senator who will stand up to Donald Trump and fight for a better future for all of us.” He also said that he wanted to “defend our democracy, protect our civil liberties, and ensure that all Californians have access to quality health care and a safe, secure future.”
Schiff’s announcement has been met with widespread support from his constituents and from Democrats across the state. California Governor Gavin Newsom praised Schiff’s announcement, saying “Adam Schiff has been an incredible leader in Congress and I am confident he will continue to be a champion for the people of California in the Senate.”
Schiff is expected to face a crowded field of Democratic challengers in the 2022 primary election. Among those expected to run are California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. It is expected that the primary election will be a closely contested race, and Schiff is likely to face a strong challenge from his Democratic opponents.
While Schiff is the first major candidate to announce a Senate run, it is expected that more will follow in the coming weeks and months. The 2022 election is sure to be a closely contested race, and Schiff’s candidacy is sure to be a major factor in the outcome. With his record of leadership and advocacy, Schiff is sure to be a formidable opponent in the race for the Senate.