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Laphonza Butler says she won’t run to permanently fill Dianne Feinstein’s seat

Laphonza Butler, recently tapped by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to temporarily fill the late Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat, announced she will not seek a full term.

“I’ve spent the past 16 days pursuing my clarity — what kind of life I want to have, what kind of service I want to offer and what kind of voice I want to bring forward,” Butler said in a statement posted to X on Thursday. 

“After considering those questions I’ve decided not to run for Senate in the upcoming election. Knowing you can win a campaign doesn’t always mean you should run a campaign.”

Butler’s appointment drew some criticism from Republican lawmakers after it was discovered her home address was listed in Silver Spring, Maryland. 

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Feinstein in 2023

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) attends a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on judicial nominations on Capitol Hill Sept. 6, 2023 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Newsom’s office told Fox News Digital previously that Butler moved to the suburbs near Washington, D.C., when she became EMILY’s List president in 2021 and that she has a house in California. The governor’s office said Butler would re-register to vote in California before she was sworn in on Oct. 3.

Jamie Joseph is a writer who covers politics. She leads Fox News Digital coverage of the Senate. 

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