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Activist Sandra Fluke Says She’ll Run For State Senate

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Sandra Fluke has decided to run for the state legislature - here she addresses the Democratic National Convention, Sept. 2012 (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sandra Fluke has decided to run for the state legislature – here she addresses the Democratic National Convention, Sept. 2012 (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sandra Fluke, who gained national attention when she testified before Congress in favor of requiring that employer-provided health insurance cover birth control, plans to run for the state Senate.

The Los Angeles Times says Fluke will seek the seat held by Ted Lieu, a Torrance Democrat. He has announced he’ll run for the seat of retiring Congressman Henry Waxman.

Fluke was considering seeking Waxman’s seat but told the Times she thinks she’d accomplish more in the Legislature.

Fluke, a Democrat, was an unmarried Georgetown University law student in 2012 when she testified before Congress. That led radio commentator Rush Limbaugh to brand her a “slut” and a “prostitute.” After a national uproar, he later apologized.

Fluke moved to California after graduating, passed the bar and has been active on issues including foster care and living wages.

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