Alex Padilla makes history as first Latino elected to U.S. Senate from California

Sen. Alex Padilla  became the first Latino whom Californians elected to the U.S. Senate. He had been appointed to the post to fill Kamala Harris’ seat. Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla made history again Tuesday night when he became the first Latino to be elected to represent California in the U.S. Senate.

Alex Padilla,  49, broke a barrier in 2021 when he was sworn in to fill Kamala Harris’ seat after she became vice president. His appointment by Gov. Gavin Newsom was celebrated as providing representation for the large and growing Latino population in the state. On Tuesday, voters chose Padilla to complete Harris’ term through Jan. 3 as well as for a full six-year term of his own. In both elections, he defeated GOP attorney Mark Meuser.

“We have a hell of a fight ahead of us, and I’m heading back to the Senate ready to help lead that fight,” Padilla said at a Democratic election party at the Hollywood Palladium, as it was starting to fill up with supporters. He pledged to prioritize job creation, climate change, immigration reform, reproductive rights and the protection of Social Security and Medicare.

Padilla’s election, which had been […]

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