Berkley announces bid for Ensign seat in Senate

Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley is the second person, after lawyer Byron Georgiou, to enter the race

Published April 14, 2011 4:25PM (EDT)

Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley
Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley

Congresswoman Shelley Berkeley will run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Nevada Republican John Ensign.

Berkeley's campaign released a statement Thursday in Washington putting the seven-term Democrat from Las Vegas in a race against northern Nevada GOP Congressman Dean Heller.

Berkeley and Heller each easily won re-election in November, and have been considered front-runners to replace Ensign since he announced in March that he won't seek a third term. A Democratic lawyer, Byron Georgiou, is also in the race.

Berkeley's 60 and a liberal Democrat. She's a former state assemblywoman elected in 1999 to a congressional seat formerly held by Ensign.

Berkeley has tried in recent months to extend unemployment benefits and provide relief for struggling homeowners in a state with the nation's highest jobless and foreclosure rates.

By Oskar Garcia

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