Who could replace Rep. Ruben Gallego in the House? Here's what we know

Rep. Ruben Gallego officially announced Monday he is running for U.S. Senate, leaving his House seat up for grabs. Speculation has centered on several people, including several

state lawmakers, who potentially are interested in running in the 3rd Congressional District. The area, which includes a portion of Glendale and Phoenix

neighborhoods like south Phoenix, Laveen and Marydale, heavily favors Democrats. Gallego, D-Ariz., is running for Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema seat, who is

up for reelection in November 2024. He is an Iraq War veteran who was first elected to Congress in 2014. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox

each morning. Here are some other Phoenix-area Democrats who may be considering running for Gallego's seat, in alphabetical order: Cesar Chavez

Chavez, 35, is a partner at Oracle Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm. He previously served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2017 until 2023.

He originally was born in Mexico and moved to the United States when he was three years old. Related:Rep. Ruben Gallego aims at Sen. Kyrsten Sinema as he

officially launches Senate run Steve Gallardo Gallardo, 54, represents the the 5th district on the

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. He previously served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009 and the state Senate from 2011 to 2015.