Gavin Newsom picks Alex Padilla to fill Kamala Harris’ Senate seat
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has selected Alex Padilla, his secretary of state, to fill the Senate seat vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, he announced Tuesday.
Padilla, a close ally of the governor, will be the first Latino to represent California — a state where Latinos make up 40 percent of the population — in the Senate.
In a statement released alongside the announcement, Newsom hailed Padilla as the right choice based on both his personal and professional background.