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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Kamala Harris to Resign Her Senate Seat on Monday

'Padilla will be the first Latino senator from California...'

(Headline USA) Democrat Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she and Joe Biden are inaugurated.

Aides to the California Democrat confirmed the timing and said Gov. Gavin Newsom was aware of her decision, clearing the way for him to appoint fellow Democrat Alex Padilla, now California’s secretary of state, to serve the final two years of Harris’ term.

Padilla was caught illegally funneling money to Democratic Party operatives during the 2020 elections.

Padilla will be the first Latino senator from California, where about 40% of residents are Hispanic. Newsom announced his choice in December, following intense lobbying for the rare Senate vacancy from the nation’s most populous state.

Harris will give no farewell Senate floor speech. The Senate is not scheduled to reconvene until Tuesday, the eve of Inauguration Day.

Padilla’s arrival, along with Harris becoming the Senate’s presiding officer when she’s sworn-in as vice president, is part of Democrats’ upcoming Senate majority.

But the party still needs Sens.-elect Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock of Georgia to be certified as victors in their Jan. 5 elections and then be sworn in.

Biden was the last sitting senator to be elected vice president. He resigned his Delaware post on Jan. 15, 2009, five days before he and Barack Obama were inaugurated.

Obama, a senator at the time of his election, had resigned his Illinois seat two months before Biden.

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press.

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