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California state Senate leader and U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de Leon says he's part of a new crop of progressive leaders fighting for single-payer health care, full protections for illegal immigrants and stiffer efforts to stem climate change.

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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2014 file photo, California State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, displays a homemade fully automatic rifle, confiscated by the Department of Justice, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. De Leon, who may seek higher office when he is termed out of office next year and has championed gun regulations, was dealt a setback when a federal judge blocked a law set to take effect Saturday that would have barred gun owners from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

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Senate President Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, mets with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. Holder has been hired by Democratic leaders of California's Legislature to represent them in legal issues against President Donald Trump and his administration. Holder met with de Leon, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D- Paramount, and Gov. Jerry Brown during his visit. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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FILE -- In this Jan. 13, 2014 file photo, State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, displays a homemade fully automatic rifle, confiscated by the Department of Justice, as he discusses his proposed legislation dealing with "ghost guns," at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. De Leon's SB808 would allow the manufacture or assembly of homemade weapons, known as "ghost guns,", but require the makers to first apply to the state Department of Justice for a serial number that would be given only after the applicants undergo a background check. De Leon's measure is one of the hundreds of bills that face an end-of-the-month deadline. to pass their house of origin.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

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A homemade fully automatic rifle, confiscated by the Department of Justice, is displayed at a news conference held by Sen. Kevin de Leon where he unveiled legislation dealing with so called "ghost guns," at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Under de Leon's proposed legislation, SB808 would allow the manufacture or assembly of homemade weapons, but require the makers to first apply to the state Department of Justice for a serial number that would be given only after the applicants undergo a background check. De Leon plans to amend the bill to also require that guns contain permanent pieces of metal that could be detected by X-ray machines and metal detectors. .(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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A homemade fully automatic rifle is displayed at a news conference by State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, where he unveiled legislation dealing with so called "ghost guns," at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Under de Leon's proposed legislation, SB808 would allow the manufacture or assembly of homemade weapons, but require the makers to first apply to the state Department of Justice for a serial number that would be given only after the applicants undergo a background check. De Leon plans to amend the bill to also require that guns contain permanent pieces of metal that could be detected by X-ray machines and metal detectors. .(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)