Alex Padilla will take over Kamala Harris’s vice-president-elect in the US Senate, becoming the first Hispanic to represent California in the upper house of Congress.
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday appointed Padilla as the future representative of the state, whose 40 percent of the population is Hispanic.
In 2015, Padilla, the son of Mexican immigrants, became the first Hispanic to serve as California’s secretary of state.
In his statement, Padilla pledged “to work every day to be worthy of that trust and to deliver results for the benefit of all Californians.”