A Whole Bunch Of People Might Run For California's Senate Race


AP256137098581AP/Nick UtSen. Barbara Boxer (D-California).

It's still early, but the impending retirement of Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-California) could set off a particularly wild race to replace her in 2016.


Ambitious Democrats in the Golden State have been stymied in recent years, as the top statewide offices have been held by longtime incumbents or de facto incumbents. Both Boxer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) have held office since the early 90s, and Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who served as governor in the 70s, successfully ran for same office again in 2010 and 2014.

However, after Boxer announced her decision not to run for another term in 2016 on Thursday it seems a large number of Democrats are looking at the race in the left-leaning state.

Daily Kos Elections gave the following list of potential candidates for the Democratic side of the aisle: 

Rep. Karen Bass


Rep. Xavier Becerra

Treasurer John Chiang

Rep. John Garamendi

Attorney General Kamala Harris

Former Rep. Jane Harman


Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (His office answered "no comment" when asked about his plans.)

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo

Former Treasurer Bill Lockyer

Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom


Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Rep. Raul Ruiz

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (She did not rule out a run on Thursday.)

Rep. Adam Schiff

Los Angeles County Supervisor and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis


Rep. Jackie Speier

Former State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg

Billionaire Tom Steyer (Sources close to him say he's interested.)

Former Rep. Ellen Tauscher

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (Sources close to him say he's "seriously considering" a race.)


Former Controller Steve Westly

Controller Betty Yee

And for the Republicans:

Former Rep. Mary Bono

2014 gubernatorial nominee Neel Kashkari


Wealthy physicist Charles Munger

Former Rep. Doug Ose

Former Insurance Commissioner and 2010 gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner

Rep. Ed Royce

Former state party chair Duf Sundheim (He says he's "seriously exploring" a bid.)


Fresno Mayor and 2014 controller nominee Ashley Swearengin

HP CEO and 2010 gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman