(WGN-AM) - State Rep. Julie Hamos wants to move up from the Illinois Capitol in Springfield to the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

The Evanston Democrat announced Tuesday she's running for the 10th Congressional District seat Republican Rep. Mark Kirk holds.

Kirk isn't seeking re-election because he's one of the Republicans running for President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat, which Democrat Roland Burris now holds. Burris isn't running for a full term.

Hamos has been in the Illinois General Assembly for a decade. The 10th district runs north of Chicago to almost Wisconsin and includes wealthy communities along Lake Michigan and more modest communities to the west.

Hamos says her experience makes her ready to serve in Congress, and if she gets there she says she would support President Barack Obama's health care reform efforts.

Hamos promises to be a bipartisan leader in Congress.

Democrat Dan Seals, who has lost twice to Kirk, is also running.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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