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California lawmakers approve 1st Black elections official

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California's first Black top election official, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, was approved by lawmakers.

Posted: Jan 29, 2021 11:14 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have approved the state's first Black top election official.

Thursday's vote fills a position vacated when the former secretary of state became California’s first Latino U.S. senator.

The Senate approved Assemblywoman Shirley Weber's nomination with Republicans not voting. The Assembly approved her nomination a day earlier.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Weber is part of a continuing game of political dominos that started when U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris was elected vice president in November.

Newsom appointed then-secretary of state Alex Padilla to replace her, angering some who felt he should have replaced Harris with another Black woman. Hours later, Newsom named Weber to replace Padilla.

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