Queen Latifah: 'Maybe I'll Run for Senate'

06/08/2006 at 01:55 PM EDT

Queen Latifah: 'Maybe I'll Run for Senate'
Queen Latifah on June 7
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Queen Latifah was in the House on Wednesday – but had her eye on the Senate.

The rapper turned singer and actress, in Washington, D.C., to endorse a National Women's Confidence Day, told PEOPLE after visiting the House of Representatives, "You know, maybe I'll run for Senate."

But don't expect her to hit the campaign trail any time soon: "I still have a few wild years to get out of the way first!" she said.

Latifah, 36, said at a congressional press conference that her own self-confidence came from her supportive family. "I have always felt strongly about empowering women," she said. "I'm living proof that, with confidence and by believing in yourself, you can accomplish any goal."

The message she hoped to send women and girls: "I am a strong woman with or without this other person, with or without this job, and with or without these tight pants," she said.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who is hoping to make the first Wednesday in June National Women's Confidence Day, called Latifah "one of America's best-known and certainly most-confident role models."

Latifah has just completed the movie Stranger than Fiction, which she calls "quirky and artistic," and is working on the HBO movie Life Support, about an AIDS activist. She has also signed on for the role of Motormouth Maybelle in the film remake of Hairspray, starring John Travolta.

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