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Katie Porter says she'd consider role in Biden administration, California Senate run

Katie Porter says she'd consider role in Biden administration, California Senate run
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Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) said this week that she would consider joining former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE’s administration or running for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSix notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Harris lists out 'racist' actions by Trump in '60 minutes' interview: 'It all speaks for itself' Pence travel questioned after aides test positive MORE (D-Calif.) if the Democratic ticket is elected in November.

“I will always at least consider, if not say yes, to anything I could do to help solve the problems that are facing America,” Porter told HuffPost Thursday when asked about a potential Senate run if Harris is elected vice president. 

“I would absolutely be interested in trying to serve, whether it’s in the Biden administration or whether it’s taking on new roles in the House of Representatives, whatever options are presented to me, I’d be willing to step up,” she continued. 

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Porter was elected to her California House seat in the 2018 midterm elections.

If Harris is elected vice president, California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom10 under-the-radar races to watch in November How California turned the corner on COVID-19 Senate Health Committee chair asks Cuomo, Newsom to 'stop second guessing' FDA on vaccine efficacy MORE (D) would be tasked with appointing a successor to serve the rest of her Senate term, which continues through 2022.

Porter could be on Newsom’s shortlist, in addition to Democratic California Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassPorter raises .2 million in third quarter Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds Democrats push to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police MORE and Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGreenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox Hillicon Valley: DOJ accuses Russian hackers of targeting 2018 Olympics, French elections | Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats | House Democrats slam FCC over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats MORE, California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, among several other potential candidates.

Newsom said earlier this month that he has already received multiple pitches from individuals seeking to fill Harris’s seat if she and Biden win the White House in November.

Porter told HuffPost Thursday that “we are so lucky in California to have a broad, diverse bench of elected officials."  

“I don’t envy the governor having to make this appointment,” she added.