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Newsom taps California election chief Padilla for US Senate

Alex Padilla
Posted at 10:41 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 13:41:31-05

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Secretary of State Alex Padilla as the state’s next U.S. senator.

He will fill the seat being vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Padilla is the child of Mexican immigrants and will be California’s first Latino senator.

His appointment gives a new level of representation to the demographic group that makes up nearly 40% of the state's population.

Padilla has been California’s top elections official since 2015. In that position, he’s overseen California’s vast elections apparatus, including the rollout of a more robust vote-by-mail system.