As Kamala Harris formally resigned her Senate seat on Monday, Alex Padilla was formally appointed to interchange her, making historical past as California’s first Latino senator.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) additionally nominated state Assemblymember Shirley Weber to interchange Padilla as secretary of state. She would be the first Black individual to carry the position in California.
“It’s becoming that on the identical day we have a good time the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — a civil rights icon who fought for justice and illustration — we additionally transfer ahead the appointment of California’s first Latino U.S. Senator Alex Padilla and the nomination of Dr. Shirley Weber who will function the first-ever African American Secretary of State,” Newsom mentioned in a press release. “Each might be sturdy defenders of our democracy throughout this fragile second in our nation’s historical past.”
The governor celebrated Harris’s “trailblazing management” as solely the second Black girl U.S. senator when she was elected in 2016. On Wednesday, Harris is ready to be sworn in because the first Black, first Asian American and first feminine vice chairman in U.S. historical past.
Padilla mentioned he was “honored and humbled” to characterize the folks of California, a state whose inhabitants is almost 40% Latino ― residents who will lastly see themselves represented on the Senate stage.
I’m honored and humbled by the belief positioned in me. I intend to work each day to honor that belief and ship for all 40 million Californians. https://t.co/3de2QY318c
— Alex Padilla (@AlexPadilla4CA) January 18, 2021