BREAKING: Newsom announces pick to fill Kamala Harris’ seat

California Governor Gavin Newsom has named Alex Padilla to the U.S. Senate, replacing Kamala Harris.

Padilla will become the first Latino to represent California in the Senate.

Newsom tweeted “His appointment will make history. But the @AlexPadilla4CA I know is far more interested in changing history — especially for the working men and women of our state and country. I can think of no one better to represent the state of California as our next United States Senator.”

Ted Lieu tweeted “Congratulations to my friend @AlexPadilla4CA
!!! I served with Alex Padilla when we were both state senators in California. Alex will be an incredible federal Senator. Kudos to @GavinNewsom
for making a historic pick of an amazing elected official.”

Padilla tweeted “I am humbled and honored to serve as California’s next United States Senator. Thank you, @GavinNewsom, for entrusting me with the role of defending the dream for the people of California.”

Padilla’s appointment may disappoint those who pushed for a black woman to replace Harris.

Last Tuesday, progressive “squad” member Ayanna Pressley said California Governor Newsom “must prioritize this leadership, perspective & representation in the vacated U.S. Senate seat” and should elect a Black woman to replace Kamala Harris in the Senate.

Pressley then specifically suggested Barbara Lee or Karen Bass, noting they are “seasoned policymakers.”

Pressley was responding to a tweet from the organization “She the people” that stated “Our founder and president, @aimeeallison, joins other orgs as they urge CA Gov. Newsom to appoint a woman of color, specifically a Black woman, to fill VP-elect Harris’ U.S. Senate seat. Women of color need representation at the highest levels of office!”