Not long ago, Kamala Harris made history as the first Black Senator from the state of California. Today, she is being sworn in as the first Black, South Asian-American Vice President. She is also joined by another history-making Senator from her home state.
Alex Padilla has made history as the first Latino Senator from the state of California. Padilla takes the place of Harris as she enters the White House. He will also be joined by two newly elected senators fro the state of Georgia, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
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Stepping into the Senate, Padilla has a load of work ahead of him. Along with his fellow freshmen Senators, he will face a looming impeachment trial, COVID-19 relief policy battles and standoffs regarding the legacy of the Trump administration. Still, he appears ambitious and ready for the challenge ahead.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as California’s next United States Senator. Thank you, Gavin Newsom, for entrusting me with the role of defending the dream for the people of California,” he tweeted.
Padilla will step into office later this month as he joins Congress for their first session under the Trump administration.