Arizona state Sen. Kirsten Engel (D) is running to fill the House seat set to be vacated by Rep. Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickDemocratic Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick says she won’t seek reelectionDemocrat O’Halleran wins reelection in Arizona House raceArizona Rep. Tom O’Halleran wins Democratic primaryMORE (D-Ariz.), who announced her retirement last week.

Engel, who represents a portion of Pima County in the state Senate, announced her bid for Arizonas 2nd District in a short Twitter thread on Friday.

I’m excited to share some pretty BIG news — Im running for Congress! Engel tweeted, thanking Kirkpatirk “for her dedicated service to the people of southern Arizona.”

I’m excited to share some pretty BIG news — Im running for Congress!

Id like to thank @Ann_Kirkpatrick for her dedicated service to the people of southern Arizona. Like Ann, I’ve also felt the call to public service. Thats whats led to my announcement today. #AZ02 1/3 pic.twitter.com/jj7Imn2WbG

Senator Kirsten Engel (@EngelForArizona) March 19, 2021

Engle said shes running for Congress to help southern AZ families and small businesses — to not only recover from the global pandemic, but to take that next step to building a sustainable economy with opportunities for all.

I am committed to fighting everyday as a member of Congress to find practical solutions to the challenges were facing here in southern Arizona.

I can’t do this alone. This campaign will be powered by the people! Please join us at https://t.co/CHbooTqJak. 3/3

Senator Kirsten Engel (@EngelForArizona) March 19, 2021

Engel was elected to the state Senate last year after serving in the state House of Representatives since 2017. She was previously an environmental attorney and a professor at the University of Arizona College of Law. 

Kirkpatrick, who has served in the House since 2009, told The Arizona Republic last week that she will be retiring.

“I’ve been in public service for 18 years and I’ve always been a proponent of term limits and … I’m sort of term-limiting myself,” she said.

The retirement gives Republicans a chance to take back the 2nd District, which was previously held by former Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyDemocratic Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick says she won’t seek reelectionSenate GOP faces retirement brain drainGOP targets Manchin, Sinema, Kelly on BecerraMORE (R-Ariz.) before she entered the upper chamber.

Kirkpatrick won reelection by 11 points last year against GOP challenger Brandon Martin.