Pennsylvania state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is running for U.S. senator.
Kenyatta, a Black gay man from Philadelphia, who’s considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, made the announcement Thursday on The ReidOut on MSNBC.
The seat is opening up because Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, has announced he won’t seek reelection in 2022. Two other Democrats have announced they’re running for the post — John Fetterman, currently the state’s lieutenant governor, and John McGuigan, a former borough councilor in Norristown, the Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports. Several other Democrats and Republicans are considering bids.
He won a second term in the Pennsylvania House last year. He was the second member of the LGBTQ+ community elected to the state legislature; the first was Rep. Brian Sims, also a gay Democrat, who this week announced he’ll run to replace Fetterman as lieutenant governor. Both Kenyatta and Sims represent Philadelphia districts