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SteinbergCalifornia Budget.jpgWith less than 20 months left in Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's final term in the state Legislature, political circles are buzzing with speculation about what the Sacramento Democrat will do next.

One of the latest theories is that the former assemblyman and city councilman will seek a return to local office by running for Sacramento County district attorney when he is termed out of the state Senate in 2014. Longtime District Attorney Jan Scully announced earlier this year that she will step down at the end of her current term, creating an opening in the office,.

Steinberg, an attorney, hasn't ruled out a run for that seat, but says he's keeping his options open for now.

"I'm at that point now where I'm beginning to look at what I might do next in life, and hopefully I'm going to have all kinds of options," he said Thursday. "A few people are talking about that and I may look at it. I may look at it, but I'm not close to making any decisions."

Other possibilities floated by political insiders include future runs for mayor or Congress, a judicial appointment or a return to private law practice.

Steinberg has plenty of political cash stored away to fuel whatever path he pursues. He had more than $1.4 million in two campaign accounts, including one opened for a 2018 lieutenant governor run, as of the end of last year.

PHOTO CREDIT: State Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, discusses the agreement reached with Gov. Jerry Brown to finalize California's budget, at a Capitol news conference in 2012. Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli)



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