Feb 2, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Pelosi endorses Schiff in California Senate race if Feinstein retires

Pelosi and Schiff

Nancy Pelosi speaks and Rep. Adam Schiff listens during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol in 2021. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she'll endorse Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) in California's U.S. Senate race if Sen. Dianne Feinstein decides not to run for re-election in 2024.

Why it matters: Feinstein, 89, has not yet announced her retirement, but a field of candidates has already begun to form.

  • Schiff, who announced his campaign for Senate last month, is the second House Democrat to launch a bid for Feinstein's seat after Rep. Katie Porter.
  • Rep. Barbara Lee, former chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, also plans to jump in the race.

The big picture: Pelosi praised Feinstein's "remarkable legislative record" over her years in the Senate and said that if Feinstein decides to run again, "she has my whole-hearted support."

  • "If she decides not to run, I will be supporting House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, who knows well the nexus between a strong Democracy and a strong economy," Pelosi added.
  • If Schiff succeeds Feinstein in the Senate, Pelosi said he would be "effective from the start in putting People Over Politics."
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