Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) is thinking about running for president.
Gutiérrez, who announced earlier this week that he will not run for reelection to Congress, told Politico that he is not retiring and is taking early steps toward a 2020 bid.
“I will be reaching out to people across the country,” he told Politico. “I am going to take the steps to guarantee [Federal Election Commission] regulations and rules about campaign financing, first and foremost, make sure I’m following the law … I want to build something national.”
Gutiérrez has been a fierce advocate for immigration reform and told Politico that Democrats “didn’t do enough” to reach out to immigrant communities in the last election.
“I think I can bring a new set of eyes to the situation,” he said.