State Sen. David Schapira, D-Tempe, announced Monday he has created an exploratory committee for a possible run in Congressional District 9.
Schapira, minority leader in the Senate and a former State Representative, is in his first term in the state Senate.
The Independent Congressional Redistricting Committee is in the process of forming the new district for Arizona, which earned an additional seat through population growth. It will likely include most of Tempe, as well as parts of the Ahwatukee Foothills, Chandler, east Phoenix and west Mesa.
State Sen. Krysten Sinema, D-Phoenix; Arizona Democratic party chair Andrei Cherny; and former Tempe mayor Neil Giuliano have all stated they may be interested in running in the 2012 election.