January 30, 2023
Portantino (D – Burbank) submitted his formal statement of candidacy on Friday. Below are excerpts from a statement he released Monday morning to supporters:
"Congratulations to my friend, Congressman Adam Schiff, on his decision to run for the U.S Senate. Adam is the very definition of a tough act to follow. I admire his tireless commitment to our district, his courage and character for holding the Trump Administration accountable and his confident, unflappable leadership during tumultuous times. I have had the honor of following Adam to the State Senate and today I am ready again to follow him as your next Congressmember.
While Washington continues to be dysfunctional and our Democracy is under daily attack, there is no time for on-the-job training or ineffective leadership.
Congressional dysfunction is creating real, life and death consequences for us at home as our community suffers from gun violence, the impacts of climate change and politicians who want to push our economy to the breaking point.
I was a young filmmaker when Ellen and I arrived in the district and we now live in Burbank. We raised our two wonderful daughters in the district and I went on to serve on a City Council, in the State Assembly and now in the Senate."
According to the Federal Elections Commission, eight Democrats have submitted paperwork to seek the 30th Congressional District seat, including Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale).