LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Attorney and women's rights advocate Sandra Fluke,  who had been considering a bid to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, announced  today she will instead seek the 26th District state Senate seat.

``I believe that the families and communities of this district -- from  West Hollywood to West L.A. and from Santa Monica to Torrance and beyond --  deserve to have a fresh perspective from a new generation of progressive  leadership in Sacramento, and I am eager to get to work fighting for the causes  that matter most to our future as a community, state and nation,'' Fluke said.

Fluke gained fame when she told Congress in 2012 that birth control  should be covered under the Affordable Care Act -- and in response was called a  ``slut'' by radio host Rush Limbaugh. She had filed paperwork seeking the  California Democratic Party's endorsement for Waxman's seat, but had not  officially thrown her hat into the ring.

By entering the state Senate race, she will look to replace Sen. Ted  Lieu, D-Torrance, who is running for Waxman's post.

Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, was among those throwing her support  behind Fluke's Senate bid.

``Although I would have loved to have her as a colleague in Congress,  the people of the 26th Senate District will be lucky to have Sandra fighting  for them,'' Hahn said.

Former Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, a Democrat, is ``seriously  considering'' running for the seat, while Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D- Torrance, is ``thinking about it,'' aides told City News Service.

Butler has announced her candidacy for the open 62nd Assembly District  seat and was endorsed by Fluke in November.