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Newsom taps California election chief Padilla for US Senate

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.

Posted: Dec 22, 2020 10:12 AM
Updated: Dec 22, 2020 12:02 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — 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.

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