12.22.2020

California's first Latino senator: Alex Padilla picked to fill Kamala Harris' Senate seat

California's first Latino senator: Alex Padilla picked to fill Kamala Harris' Senate seat AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli

California Gov. Gavin Newsom selected Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday as the state's next U.S. senator, a historic pick that sends a Latino to the Senate for the first time in the state's history.

While Padilla had been the favorite, a video released by Newsom's office shows him getting emotional after Newsom offered him the job, reflecting on the hard work of his parents, who came to the United States from Mexico and worked as a cook and a housekeeper.

“It's a hell of an important perspective to bring to Washington," he told Newsom.