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'Law & Order: SVU' Star Diane Neal is Running for Congress

Diane Neal as Casey Novak

Law & Order: SVU may best remember Diane Neal as ADA Casey Novak, but while she's played an attorney on-screen, in real life she's now shooting for something even bigger: She's running for Congress!

Neal's campaign is based out of New York and, according to a report from the Daily Freeman, she will need 3,500 signatures to qualify for November's ballot.

Even more interesting, though the actress is registered as a Democrat, she's attempting to gain a spot on the ballot as an Independent candidate.

On Tuesday, February 6, Neal officially announced her campaign for New York's 19th Congressional seat on Twitter. Her enthusiasm for her bid is apparent in the post below.

We'll have to wait and see what the former TV star's Law & Order: SVU castmates think of her political ambitions, but clearly she has the ball rolling.

We can't predict the future, but a TV star winning a political position isn't out of the realm of possibility. And at least she has some understanding of the law (and order)?

See what some of the reactions are so far below.

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