LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Former Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla resigned Monday as California secretary of state and was formally appointed by the governor to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he would be appointing Padilla to Harris’ seat, making him the first Latino to represent California in the Senate.READ MORE: LA City Council To Vote Tuesday On Ghost Gun Ban
Harris formally resigned her Senate seat Monday, days ahead of her Wednesday inauguration with President-elect Joe Biden.
“As I prepare to enter the United States Senate, I will carry on the mission of building a more inclusive democracy and economy for all,” Padilla said.
Padilla, 47, has been secretary of state since 2015 after serving in the state Senate representing the Southland’s 20th District.READ MORE: New Princess Diana Exhibit To Open In Santa Monica
He spent over seven years on the Los Angeles City Council representing the Seventh District in the northeastern San Fernando Valley and was the council president for five years — the youngest and first Latino to ever hold that post.
Padilla was raised in the Pacoima area and continues to live with his wife and three sons in the San Fernando Valley.
Newsom nominated Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, to take over as secretary of state. If confirmed by the Legislature, Weber will become the first Black woman to ever hold that position.
Padilla’s deputy secretary of state, James Schwab, will serve in the role pending Weber’s confirmation.MORE NEWS: LA Special Counselor To Plead Guilty To $2.2M LADWP Kickback Scheme, Bribing LADWP Officials
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