Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, N.M., a member of the House Democratic leadership, on Monday announced he's running for an open Senate seat in the Land of Enchantment.

Lujan brings political game to the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Udall. Lujan in 2018 was chairman of the House Democrats' campaign arm, leading the party to its first majority in the chamber in eight years, while picking up at least 40 seats. Lujan was rewarded with a Democratic leadership position, assistant speaker.

In a campaign video released on Twitter Monday morning, asking for donations to his race, Lujan, 46, touted healthcare and environmental issues as touchstones of his Senate campaign. He also took aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who congressional Democrats routinely label a chief enabler of President Trump's agenda.

"To move forward, we've got to fix the Senate, where Mitch McConnell stands in the way of progress," Lujan said.

Once a swing state, New Mexico now leans toward the Democrats. The party controls both Senate seats, all three House districts, the governorship, and state legislature. But the Senate Republican campaign arm has suggested it will play in the state, where Trump's pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border may resonate.

Lujan, scion of a prominent New Mexico Democratic political family, was first elected to the House in 2008. He had been seen as a candidate for House speaker at some point, though the field to replace incumbent Nancy Pelosi, whenever she departs, is already crowded.

But Lujan doesn't have the Democratic Senate primary field to himself. Valerie Plame, the former CIA officer who shot to fame when she was outed during George W. Bush’s presidency, is poised to run for Senate in New Mexico.

The ex-spy told the Washington Examiner Friday that she would run as a Democrat and would "like another opportunity to serve my country."