Assemblyman Anthony Portantino will lay the groundwork for a 2012 congressional campaign with a Sacramento fundraiser next week.
The Southern California Democrat has not officially announced his candidacy, but e-mail invitations tout Tuesday's event as his "Official Congressional Campaign Sacramento Kick Off."
Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, will be termed out of the Assembly in 2012 and plans to run for the seat currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. David Dreier, chairman of the House Rules Committee.
Portantino's Sacramento fundraiser will be at the home of Jay Hansen, chief strategy officer for the California Medical Association. Supporters are asked to contribute $50 to $500.
Portantino served last year as head of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation.