Gov. Newsom formally appoints Alex Padilla to U.S. Senate, nominates Dr. Shirley Weber as Secretary of State

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — As Vice President-elect Kamala Harris prepares to take the oath of office Wednesday alongside President-elect Joe Biden, she officially resigned as California’s U.S. senator on Monday. 

“I’m not saying goodbye,” Harris said. “In many ways I’m saying hello as your vice president, but I do want to thank you for the honor of representing the place of my birth as a proud daughter of California.” 

With Harris’ resignation letter in hand, Gov. Gavin Newsom formally appointed California’s secretary of state Alex Padilla to take her seat, sending the first Latino to Washington D.C. to represent the Golden State in the Senate. 

“I am honored and humbled by the trust placed in me,” Padilla tweeted on Monday. “I intend to work each and every day to honor that trust and deliver for all Californians.” 

Padilla resigned as secretary of state Monday morning, and with his resignation letter also in hand, Newsom officially nominated San Diego assemblywoman Shirley Weber for the office. 

If confirmed, she will be the first ever African-American to serve as California’s secretary of state.

It is fitting that on the same day we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — a civil rights icon who fought for justice and representation — we also move forward the appointment of California’s first Latino U.S. Senator Alex Padilla and the nomination of Dr. Shirley Weber who will serve as the first-ever African American Secretary of State. Both will be strong defenders of our democracy during this fragile moment in our nation’s history. 

These appointments are only possible because of the trailblazing leadership of my dear friend and California’s own Kamala Harris, who will move on from the Senate to make history by becoming the first African American and woman to serve as Vice President of the United States. This is a proud day for California.

Gov. Gavin Newsom

Weber tweeted Monday in part that she’s committed to continuing the work of protecting voting rights and expanding access to the ballot. 

The legislature will have 90 days to confirm Weber for the position. The secretary of state’s office says it could be until early February until she’s confirmed.

Chief deputy of the office James Schwab is the acting secretary of state until then.  

Newsom had announced his selections of Padilla and Weber last month.  

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