Alex Padilla to replace Kamala Harris in the US Senate, California Governor

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday, Alex Padilla, California’s secretary of state, has been appointed to fill the Senate seat held by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Alex Padilla is a son of Mexican-born immigrants who settled in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. Alex Padilla, 47, will be the first Latino senator from California, the state where Latinos are about 40% of the population.

Padilla said in a statement, “I am honored and humbled by the trust placed in me by Governor Newsom, and I intend to work each and every day to honor that trust and deliver for all Californians". In a recent interview post appointment, Padilla expressed his emotion, saidhe was overwhelmed with emotion Monday evening when the governor offered him the position on a Zoom call. He said, “There is a lot of work to get to, of course, but I couldn’t help but think of my parents, who came here from Mexico in pursuit of the American dream". 

“All I ever heard as a child was work hard, study hard, and all I ever wanted to do was honor their sacrifices.” Padilla is an ally of the governor throughout his political career since 1999 when he was elected at 26 to the LA city council. He served two terms in state senate and two terms as secretary of state. 

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