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Sen. Alan Lowenthal and Assemblyman Isadore Hall are joining the growing list of state legislators planning to run for Congress in 2012.

Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, announced today that he plans to run for a Long Beach congressional seat included in the draft district maps released last week by the Citizens Redistricting Commission. He is termed out of the state Senate in 2012.

Democratic Reps. Laura Richardson and Linda Sánchez also live in the proposed district, but they have not yet announced whether they will run in next election and, if so, where.

Hall, D-Compton, says he'll run for a new seat created in Los Angeles County as long as Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, who lives outside the district, doesn't decide to run for that seat. No incumbents currently live in the draft district that Hall is eying, which could include Carson, Compton and Gardena.

The commission won't release its final maps until mid-August, but that hasn't stopped a flurry of state legislators to declare plans to seek a new job in Washington.

Some could barely contain their excitement.

"I'm in, I'm in, I'm in, I'm in," Sen. Gloria Negrete-McLeod, D-Chino, told the Los Angeles Times last week.

At least five other state lawmakers have signaled they'll run for Congress:

• Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego.
• Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina
• Assemblyman Jeff Miller, R-Corona
• Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael
• Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge


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