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Veteran Los Angeles Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman's retirement is likely to set politicians scrambling for his 33rd Congressional District.

As was the case a few weeks ago when longtime Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, said he would step down, those entertaining a run could emerge from the California Legislature.

Lawmakers living in Waxman's heavily Democratic district are Sens. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, and Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, and Assemblyman Richard Bloom, the former mayor of Santa Monica.

Pavley said she this morning she is considering a run but hesitates to leave the state Senate, where Democrats hold a super-majority, for Congress, where Democrats are in the minority and may continue to be.

"I'll think about it, but my expertise is in state issues," Pavley said. "It's a wonderful district to represent. I know the people and the issues very well. But it's difficult times in Congress right now."

Bloom did not rule out a run but said he is still absorbing the news of Waxman's departure.

"I am considering it," Bloom told the Bee. "This news is very, very fresh, and I haven't even had a chance to have more than a 30-second conversation with my wife. So we'll be tossing this idea around over the weekend."

Lieu sent an email to supporters saying he is "seriously looking at running" for Waxman's seat and will make a formal announcement tomorrow. The email pointed out that Lieu's 28th Senate District includes over 80 percent of Waxman's congressional district.

"This morning I called Congressmember Henry Waxman and congratulated him on his remarkable service to our nation. Congressmember Waxman set the platinum standard for representing the best interests of his constituents as well as the overall quality of life for Californians and our nation," Lieu said in the statement. "Henry Waxman is a legend, not just in California, but in America."

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Rick Taylor, a political consultant for Zev Yaroslavsky, said the veteran county supervisor is weighing a run and is likely to make a decision soon.

"I think he's always wanted to be a congressman," Taylor said.

"If it was 20 years ago, I know the answer," he added. "Today, he's got to contemplate it."

Waxman's district, which runs along the coast taking in Malibu, Beverly Hills and south through Marina Del Rey and Torrance, is 44 percent Democratic and 27 percent Republican. It includes a high number of no-party preference voters.

Bill Bloomfield, the independent candidate who gave Waxman a tough race in 2012, is seriously considering running.

The list of other possible contenders is long and could complicate the battle for another highly-coveted prize in Los Angeles: a seat on the county Board of Supervisors. Do Sheila Kuehl or Bobby Shriver duck out of that race and take their shot at Congress?

Former City Controller Wendy Greuel, who waged a bruising race for mayor against Eric Garcetti could contend for the seat. As could termed-out Secretary of State Debra Bowen, who three years ago failed to make the runoff in a special election to replace Jane Harman for a South Bay-based congressional seat.

Laurel Rosenhall and Jeremy B. White of The Bee Capitol Bureau contributed to this report.

Editor's Note: This post has been updated to include comments from Bloom, Taylor and .Lieu

PHOTO: Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., questions witnesses during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/ Manuel Balce Ceneta)


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