Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) plans to run for reelection in 2016, she told the Seattle Times in an interview last week.

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Murray has risen to the Democratic Caucus ranks during more than two decades in the upper chamber. She is currently the fourth-ranking Senate Democrat and the chair of the Senate Budget Committee. Last cycle, Murray chaired the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Here's what she told the Times:

"A lot of people say to me, ‘Gosh, why do you want to keep doing it?’ It’s a question that deserves to be answered. I’d really rather be in the middle of the debate fighting for the people of Washington state rather than yelling at my television."

Murray faced a competitive challenge from Republican Dino Rossi in 2010. She won a fourth term with 52 percent of the vote.