Former Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Don Bivens formally announced his Senate campaign this morning in a video posted to his campaign website.
"I'm not a politician. I've spent my entire career in the private sector working with business large and small," Bivens, a partner at Snell & Wilmer, said in the video. "I'm running for the United States Senate because we can't keep sending the same folks back to Washington and expect a different result."
Bivens is the first Democrat to officially enter the race, which Roll Call Politics rates as a Tossup.
Giffords was a likely Senate candidate until she was shot in the head in January, and she's expected to run for re-election if she seeks any office next year.
Rep. Jeff Flake is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, though he'll have some competition from wealthy business investor Wil Cardon and a couple of others.
GOP Sen. Jon Kyl's retirement made Arizona one of only a handful of possible pickup opportunities for Democrats, including Nevada and Massachusetts, in a year when the party is defending more than twice as many seats as Republicans. The GOP must win four seats to reclaim the Senate majority.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.