Former Washington state Rep. Laura Ruderman (D) announced Wednesday that she is running for Congress.
The state is adding a district through reapportionment and the district lines are still unknown, but Ruderman will look to run in the district currently being represented by Rep. Jay Inslee (D). Ruderman said she would not run unless Inslee vacates his seat to run for governor.
"If you are receiving this email, then you are probably someone I have known for years. Perhaps we met when I was at Microsoft, or we fought together for change during the six years I served as a Washington State Representative," Ruderman said in an email to supporters.
Ruderman is at least the second Democrat exploring a bid for Inslee's seat. State Rep. Marko Liias announced he was exploring a bid last month, but said he will not begin raising money until Inslee announces whether he is running for governor.
Meanwhile, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) has visited the district recently as he considers running for Congress in a different state.
Ruderman ran and lost her bid for Washington secretary of state in 2004, and lost a bid for chairwoman of the state Democratic Party in 2006. She won her first term to the state House in 1998 after nearly five years at Microsoft, which is in the 1st district.
She originally ran for the 1st district in 1998 until Inslee, then a former one-term Congressman, entered the race. She opted to run for the 45th legislative district instead.
"I retained a tough swing seat for three terms not just by campaigning hard," Ruderman said. "My constituents knew that I was committed to serving them — I got things done for them that transcended petty politics and partisan divides. I won the support of both moderates and progressives because I put ideas and service first, ahead of partisan politics."