U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA.), a native of Red Bank, is running for governor in her home state of Virginia.
A Democrat, Spanberger is a retired CIA officer who assumed her congressional seat in 2019.
She is not running for reelection in 2024 in order to focus on her 2025 statewide campaign.
Making the announcement in a campaign video titled “What Matters Most,” the Virginia representative said she knows “how to bring people together” at a time when the nation is at “a crossroads.”
“Our country and our Commonwealth are facing fundamental threats to our rights, our freedoms, and to our democracy. While some politicians in Richmond focus on banning abortion and books, what they’re not doing is helping people,” Spanberger said in the video.
Spanberger, 44, is serving her third term in the House after being first elected in 2018 to represent Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. She narrowly won her three races in the Democratic leaning district.
“As a former CIA case officer, former federal law enforcement officer, and current Member of Congress, I have always believed in the value of public service,” she said. “I look forward to serving the Seventh District through the end of this term and then pursuing the important work of bringing Virginia together to keep our Commonwealth strong.”