Padilla to be Appointed Senator; Weber Nominated Sec. of State

L-R: Alex Padilla, appointee for California to the U.S. Senate; and Shirley Weber, secretary of state nominee for California
L-R: Alex Padilla, appointee for California to the U.S. Senate; and Shirley Weber, secretary of state nominee for California

In late December, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his intention to appoint California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the vacancy of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris’ seat when she is sworn in as vice president of the United States on Jan. 20.

This move created a vacancy in the California Secretary of State's office. Newsom then announced that he will submit to the state legislature the nomination of Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (Assembly District 79) to be California’s next secretary of state.

Alex Padilla
Padilla is no stranger to credit unions. He has a long history from his time in the California State Senate as being a champion of the movement’s tax exemption.

In his first race, Padilla defeated (with the help of the California Credit Union League PAC) an incumbent that wanted to tax credit unions. Padilla drew a hard line in the sand and has been a staunch supporter of credit unions since then. He has also been helpful on data security and other issues that have come before the state legislature.

It is not known when he will take office, as U.S. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris has yet to resign her Senate seat.

Stay tuned for more developments on appointments. And to view Newsom’s announcement, click here.

Shirley Weber
Weber is one of the most respected and thoughtful members of the California State Assembly. She has served on the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee where she has proven to be a friend of credit unions.

Her appointment as secretary of state opens up the Assembly District 79 seat, which is in the greater San Diego area, for a special election — as well as a position on the banking and finance committee.

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