California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, right, and Attorney General Xavier Becerra, left, hold a news conference to discuss voting rights and announce new voter registration numbers Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – Despite intense pressure from Black women political groups across the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to be California’s next United States Senator, replacing Sen. Kamala Harris.

Padilla will complete Vice President-elect Harris’s term, which began in 2017 ends in 2023. He will be the first Latino to serve as United States Senator representing California.

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By Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media

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