Alex Padilla

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Alex Padilla
Alex Padilla 117th Congress portrait.jpg
United States Senator
from California
Assumed office
January 20, 2021
Serving with Dianne Feinstein
Appointed byGavin Newsom
Preceded byKamala Harris
32nd Secretary of State of California
In office
January 5, 2015 – January 18, 2021
GovernorJerry Brown
Gavin Newsom
Preceded byDebra Bowen
Succeeded byShirley Weber
Member of the California State Senate
from the 20th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2014
Preceded byRichard Alarcon
Succeeded byConnie Leyva
President of the Los Angeles City Council
In office
July 4, 2001 – January 1, 2006
Preceded byRuth Galanter
Succeeded byEric Garcetti
Member of the Los Angeles City Council
from the 7th district
In office
July 1, 1999 – December 4, 2006
Preceded byRichard Alarcon
Succeeded byRichard Alarcon
Personal details
Born (1973-03-22) March 22, 1973 (age 48)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology (SB)
WebsiteOfficial website

Alejandro Padilla (/pəˈdə/; born March 22, 1973) is an American politician. He is the Junior U.S. Senator from California after replacing Vice President Kamala Harris on January 20, 2021.[1] He was elected the 32nd Secretary of State of California in January 2015.

Padilla is a member of the Democratic Party.

On December 22, 2020, Padilla was picked by Governor Gavin Newsom to replace Vice President Harris in the United States Senate. Padilla is the first Hispanic Senator from California and the first male senator to represent the state since 1993.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Conant, Ericka (August 27, 2020). "Alex Padilla backed by Latino Victory to make history as California's first Latino U.S. Senator". AL DÍA News. Archived from the original on October 20, 2020. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  2. Hubler, Shawn; Burns, Alexander (29 November 2020). "One Seat, Competing Pressures as Newsom Considers Senate Pick". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 23, 2020. Retrieved 11 December 2020.