Lungren will face Oller in senate race |

Lungren will face Oller in senate race

Former California Attorney General Dan Lungren, the Republican nominee for governor in 1998, announced his candidacy for a Northern California congressional seat on Tuesday.

“It’s a job I know well,” said Lungren, who represented a Long Beach area district in the House of Representatives for 10 years before he was elected attorney general in 1990.

He announced his candidacy for the 3rd District seat being given up by Rep. Doug Ose, R-Sacramento, who is not running for re-election.

The district stretches from the Nevada border south of Lake Tahoe nearly to the Bay Area, taking in Alpine, Amador and Calaveras counties and parts of Sacramento and Solano counties.

State Sen. Rico Oller, R-San Andreas, is also seeking the GOP nomination to succeed Ose.

Lungren said he was looking forward to serving in a House with a Republican majority. “When I think about the victories we were able to win as a member of the minority party, I am excited about the prospects of serving in the majority – for the first time in my life,” he said.

Lungren, 57, was the Republican nominee for governor in 1998, losing to Democrat Gray Davis. Lungren also was nominated for state treasurer in 1988 by then-Gov. George Deukmejian to fill a vacancy created by the death of Treasurer Jesse Unruh, but the nomination was rejected by the state Senate.

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