LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, and Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Secretary of State Alex Padilla as the next California U.S. Senator, filling the seat being vacated by Senator Kamala Harris:

“I’ve known Secretary Alex Padilla for many years and I fully believe he will make California proud.

As the son of hard-working immigrant parents, he will carry that important perspective with him to Washington. Throughout his career in public service, Secretary Padilla has advocated and fought for working families and those most vulnerable among us. He has diligently expanded the sacred right to vote by making it more accessible, even amidst a pandemic.

Governor Gavin Newsom made a historic choice – and California is proud to have our first Latino Senator. I look forward to working with our next Senator, Alex Padilla.”

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CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov