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hertzberg.jpgFormer Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg is seeking a second act in Sacramento.

After announcing Tuesday he will run for a state Senate seat next year, the Van Nuys Democrat said this morning he has the support of incumbent Sen. Alex Padilla and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

Padilla, D-Los Angeles, is vacating the San Fernando Valley seat to run for secretary of state.

After leaving the Assembly in 2002, Hertzberg ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Los Angeles in 2005. He expressed interest in a different Senate seat last year but elected not to run against an incumbent Democrat in that race.

"I'm a guy who really believes in public service," said Hertzberg, 58. "And I just love the work."

PHOTO CREDIT: Bob Hertzberg flashes a thumbs-up sign after voting in the mayoral primary election in Los Angeles in 2005. AP Photo/ Ric Francis


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