Ex-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020

Former Rep. Karen HandelKaren Christine HandelOssoff raises 0k in first three weeks of Senate bid, campaign says McBath passes on running for Senate GOP buys JonOssoff.com after Democrat launches Georgia Senate bid MORE (R-Ga.) will run for her old seat after losing it in the 2018 midterms, Handel announced on Twitter Monday morning.

Handel was elected to Georgia’s 6th District in the Atlanta suburbs in a June 2017 special election, replacing then-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceIndustrial food system is at the heart of biodiversity degradation and climate change Joe Lieberman's son running for Senate in Georgia The Hill's Campaign Report: Impeachment fight poses risks to both Trump, Dems MORE.

But in 2018, she lost to Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathWhy impeach Trump? Follow the polls Mass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year Ossoff raises 0k in first three weeks of Senate bid, campaign says MORE (D) in her quest for a full term, putting the district in Democratic hands for the first time in more than three decades.

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In an ad titled “Leader” announcing her campaign, Handel used footage of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRepublicans wrestle with impeachment strategy Klobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren Kamala Harris to Trump Jr.: 'You wouldn't know a joke if one raised you' MORE (D-Calif.) proposing to “eliminate” private health insurance, Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump labels Tlaib 'a despicable human being' Tlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don't testify The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment MORE (D-Mich.) using profanity in a call to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Democrat launches primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' MORE (D-N.Y.) touting the Green New Deal legislation. 

“Imagine if we had leaders in Washington who worked for us, leaders more interested in doing their jobs than being a celebrity,” the ad’s voice-over states.

The ad emphasizes Handel’s commitment to veterans’ issues as well as addressing the opioid addiction crisis and human trafficking.

McBath’s office did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Hill.

But the Democratic lawmaker on Monday sent a fundraising pitch after Handel's announcement, calling her a "true career politician" who "has run for office over and over for the last 17 years."
 
-- Updated at 11:33 a.m.