Gov. Newsom surprised Alex Padilla when he officially asked him to accept his appointment to the Senate in an emotional video

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The son of Mexican immigrants who worked as a cook and a house cleaner, Secretary of State Alex Padilla will become the first Latino United States Senator to represent California

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the selection of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to be California’s next United States Senator, filling the term being vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. 

Padilla, who previously served as a Los Angeles City Councilman and State Senator, and is a national leader in the fight to expand voting rights, will become the first Latino to represent California in the United States Senate.


“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,” said Secretary of State Padilla. “From those struggling to make ends meet to the small businesses fighting to keep their doors open to the health care workers looking for relief, please know that I am going to the Senate to fight for you. We will get through this pandemic together and rebuild our economy in a way that doesn’t leave working families behind.”

Padilla lives with his wife Angela, a mental health advocate, and their three sons in the San Fernando Valley.

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