David Dreier

Rep. David Dreier, then-chairman of Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger’s transition team, at a press conference in 2003. (John Decker The Sacramento Bee)

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
02/23/2015 5:19 PM

Add his name to the list of Republicans possibly contemplating what would be an uphill run for the U.S. Senate.

David Dreier, the former longtime congressman from San Dimas who chaired the House Rules Committee, is among those being approached about a potential campaign, a spokesman said Monday. The spokesman, Mark Harmsen, said “a wide variety of people (are) urging him to look seriously at a Senate run.” He did not respond to a follow-up about Dreier’s level of interest in the race.

Dreier, chairman of the Annenberg-Dreier Commission focusing on trade, was mentioned as a viable contender in a column in the Orange County Register, where he has served as a contributing writer.

A distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution, he has over the decades repeatedly been mentioned as a likely GOP candidate for statewide office. He departed Congress after the once-a-decade process of redrawing district boundaries left him with few good options.

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