When Kamala Harris resigned from the Senate, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s vote was the only one that mattered and it went to Alex Padilla, the California Secretary of State. When he was sworn in, Padilla became the first Latino senator from the Golden State.
His appointment was met with both excitement and criticism because without Harris, there are no Black women in the U.S. Senate. “I say, I hear you. I agree with you. Personally, I’ll do my best to be the best senator I can for all Californians,” Padilla said. “But how can I do my part to also uplift the voices of the Black community, Black women especially.”
His first three months were an insurrection, impeachment, an inauguration, voting on Covid relief and Democrats like Padilla pushing to get rid of the filibuster, which forces a 60-vote threshold.