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Freshman Sen. Michael Rubio has joined the growing list of legislators looking to run for Congress next year.

The East Bakersfield Democrat, who's served in the state Senate for just nine months, told the Bakersfield Californian that he's looking at running for the new 21st Congressional District seat. Former Democratic Sen. Dean Florez and GOP Assemblyman David Valadao are also considering running in that district.

At least a dozen current legislators have either announced plans to run or explore a bid so far, including:

Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello
Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton
Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina
Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills
Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-Ran Rafael
Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach
Sen. Glora Negrete-McLeod, D-Chino
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge
Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Pomona
Assemblyman David Valadao, R-Hanford
Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego

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Editor's note: An earlier version of this post indicated that Florez has announced plans to run. He is considering a bid, but has not made a formal announcement.


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