Kamala Harris To Resign From Her Senate Seat Monday, California Secretary Of State Alex Padilla Will Take Over

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On Monday, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign from her Senate seat, two days before the Inauguration Day. California Governor Gavin Newsom selected Alex Padilla, now California’s secretary of state, as Harris‘ replacement in the US Senate. He will serve the final two years of her term. “I am humbled and honored to serve as California’s next United States Senator,” Padilla had earlier said on Twitter.

56-year-old Harris will become the first woman to be sworn in as Vice President of the US, come January 20. Additionally, she is also the first Black woman and first woman of South Asian descent (who traces her origin to Tamil Nadu) to serve in the said post. She was the second Black woman US senator, winning the election from California 17 years after Democrat Carol Moseley Braun.

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last,” Harris had said in her speech on November 7 after being elected.

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78-year-old Biden has nominated 20 Indian Americans, including 13 women, to key positions in his administration just as Biden-Harris inauguration event kicks off in the country. “January 20, 2021 will mark a new chance to heal, rebuild, and strengthen our democracy we all cherish,” Harris wrote on Twitter on Monday. She will be sworn in by the first Latina Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday.

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Padilla’s appointment came after Harris was elected vice president of the United States in November 2020. US President-elect Biden will be taking the oath as the 46th commander in chief of the US, whereas Harris will be the 49th Vice President of the country.

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