Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) launched her bid for Virginia governor on Monday, announcing she will not seek reelection to the U.S. House next year.
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.
Spanberger's announcement comes less than one week after Virginia Democrats won control of both of the state's Legislature bodies, serving a major blow to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who was pushing for a GOP sweep to bolster his conservative agenda.
Youngkin cannot run for a consecutive term in 2024 under the Commonwealth's constitution. He has been seen to be a possible long-shot White House contender in 2024, though last week's results make that even less likely.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney (D) is expected to announce his campaign for governor soon, while Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares and Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Seares could be likely contenders, the Associated Press reported.
Spanberger previously served as a federal agent with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigating money laundering and narcotics cases, and then worked as a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) case officer.