Sandra Fluke to run for CA State Senate
Attorney and reproductive rights advocate Sandra Fluke announced today that she will be running for California Senate in District 26, which covers west Los Angeles.
“It’s official!” Fluke, a Democrat, wrote on her Facebook page. “Today, I have announced that I am running for California State Senate. I hope you will continue to stand with me and fight.”
District 26 is predominately Democratic, with 46.5% of voters registering as Democrats and 24% as Republicans as of February 2013. Fluke will be running to succeed Democratic State Sen. Ted Lieu, who is vying to replace retiring Congressman Henry Waxman.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Fluke acknowledged that she had considered running for Congress but decided that seeking the state Senate seat would be a “better way” to advance causes “that are important to our community.”
“My entire career has been devoted the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families,” said Fluke. “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 so desperately needed.”
Fluke was thrust into the national spotlight in 2012 when she was blocked from testifying before a House Oversight Committee hearing on birth control coverage. Instead, the committee’s chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) allowed a panel of five male religious leaders to testify on women’s reproductive rights – a move ridiculed by Democratic lawmakers and women’s rights groups.
Fluke, then a law student at Georgetown University, later testified before the House Democratic Steering Committee on the financial and health burdens women suffer without birth control coverage. Her testimony drew insults from conservative commentators, including Rush Limbaugh who labeled Fluke a “slut”.
- LATimes.com: Sandra Fluke forgoes congressional bid to run for state Senate
- WhatTheFolly.com: Sandra Fluke draws attention to financial & health burdens women suffer without contraceptive coverage
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Sandra Fluke testifies on why women should be allowed access to contraception and reproductive health care
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Obama on Rush Limbaugh’s apology to Sandra Fluke
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Mike Huckabee’s comments on women & birth control at the RNC
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Remarks by Sandra Fluke at the Democratic National Convention
- CSpan.org: Video of the House Democrat’s hearing on women’s reproductive health
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says GOP should not silence American women in reproductive health debate
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Rep. Elijah Cummings attacks Republican ‘morality’ bill allowing corporate CEOs to arbitrarily deny women prenatal & contraceptive care
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Rep. Carolyn Maloney asks ‘what is wrong with this picture?’ in debate on women’s reproductive health
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Rep. Eleanor Holmes accuses Republicans of exploiting religion to deny women access to reproductive health care