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  • Alex Padilla, Senator from California

    Posted by btomba_77 on December 22, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    [b]California Sec. State Alex Padilla to take Kamala Harris’ Senate Seat[/b]

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom selected Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday as the states next U.S. senator, a historic pick that sends a Latino to the Senate for the first time in the states history.
    While Padilla had been the favorite, a video released by Newsoms office shows him getting emotional after Newsom offered him the job, reflecting on the hard work of his parents, who came to the United States from Mexico and worked as a cook and a housekeeper.
    Padilla, 47, was appointed to fill out the remainder of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris term. She plans to step down from the seat in January ahead of Inauguration Day, on Jan. 20. Padilla will need to run for a full term in 2022. The appointment gives him an advantage but hes still likely to face challengers; Californias top-two primary system allows two Democrats to face off in a general election.
    Padillas appointment gives a new level of representation to Latinos, who make up the states single largest demographic group at nearly 40% of the population. But Newsoms choice of Padilla also means there will be no Black women in the 100-member Senate. Harris, who is Black and Indian, was the only Black woman in the Senate, and Black leaders had been lobbying Newsom to appoint either Reps. Karen Bass or Barbara Lee to replace her.

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