The Good Doctor‘s Hill Harper is trading in the ER for the campaign trail. The actor is going after the Democratic nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat in Michigan.
According to Deadline, Harper announced his campaign on Monday, writing on Twitter along with a video that he plans to set in and advocate for legislation with the people of Michigan’s needs in mind.
“We can all feel it: D.C just isn’t getting things done for people,” he shared on the platform. “We need representatives who’ll take on special interests, get money out of politics, and make our government work for all of us.”
We can all feel it: D.C just isn’t getting things done for people.
We need representatives who'll take on special interests, get money out of politics, and make our government work for all of us.
That’s why today, I’m announcing my campaign for U.S. Senate in Michigan! ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/lv11ncDcsK
— Hill Harper (@hillharper) July 10, 2023
For those skeptical about Harper’s governmental aspirations, he may have what it takes to earn a Senate seat. The actor avidly supported former President Barack Obama, his classmate at Harvard Law School. In 2012, Obama appointed Harper to a presidential cancer panel following the release of his book, The Wealth Cure: Putting Money In Its Place, which shares his battle with thyroid cancer. He’s also penned other works, including Letters to a Young Brother and Letters to a Young Sister. He also is the founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation.
Harper is entering a stacked race for Michigan’s Senate seat. Democratic moderate Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) announced her bid shortly after incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) announced her retirement. According to The Associated Press, Slotkin raised $5.8 million in just over four months and has also been endorsed by Democratic state Rep. Haley Stevens, representing parts of suburban Detroit.
Pamela Pugh, a member of Michigan’s education board, and Leslie Love, a former state representative, businessman Nasser Beydoun and attorney Zack Burns have also entered the race.
Harper starred on the CBS show CSI: NY for nine seasons and The Good Doctor since its 2017 inception. He was born in Iowa and has lived in California, though he owns a house in Detroit and a coffee shop, Roasting Plant Coffee, there.