Sandra Fluke, the women’s rights activist who supported President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012, says she will not run to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., in the House of Representatives in 2014.
Instead, Fluke announced she will run for the California State Senate.
“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. I am committed to continuing that fight in Sacramento, working to protect our environment, ensure our access to health care and create jobs that are desperately needed,” Fluke said in a released statement. “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.”
News broke Tuesday that Fluke was seriously considering a run for Congress after she applied for the endorsement of the California Democratic Party, a preliminary step for candidates seeking office.
Fluke, a lawyer, became an influential voice on issues affecting women’s reproduction in 2012 when House Republicans declined to allow her to testify at a hearing on the Affordable Care Act. Instead, she gave her testimony about the importance of contraception access to a group of Democrats.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” on his radio show, propelling her into the spotlight.