On Twitter, Ms. Lee congratulated Mr. Padilla as “a expert legislator and a steadfast advocate for justice,” Ms. Bass cheered “one other historic barrier shattered“ and Mr. Garcia promised promised his “one hundred pc assist in his 2022 re-election.”
Nathalie Rayes, president and chief govt of the Latino Victory Fund, which had campaigned for Mr. Padilla, known as the appointment “a long-overdue milestone for the Latino neighborhood” and a “daring step in the direction of having a Senate that appears just like the communities it serves.” She added, “His appointment is not going to solely improve Latino illustration within the Senate, however it is going to additionally open the door for future generations of Latino leaders.”
Main California Republicans had been much less impressed. “One of many worst election officers within the nation will go to DC, unelected!!!” tweeted Harmeet Dhillon, a conservative civil rights lawyer and member of the Republican Nationwide Committee.
California’s senior senator, Dianne Feinstein, had endorsed Mr. Padilla, who had labored in her discipline workplace early in his profession and on Tuesday known as the appointment “a wonderful selection.” Within the run-up to his appointment, some curiosity teams had additionally known as for Ms. Feinstein herself to step down, in order that the governor might elevate two decisions — a name that gained traction after a New Yorker article this month instructed that Ms. Feinstein, 87, was experiencing cognitive decline.
The elevation of Mr. Padilla leaves Mr. Newsom with a emptiness within the secretary of state’s workplace, a possible comfort prize for at the very least one disenchanted contender. He can even should appoint a brand new lawyer basic if the Senate confirms Xavier Becerra’s nomination as Mr. Biden’s secretary of well being and human companies.
The lawyer basic submit, particularly, has lately served as a springboard for larger workplace; in addition to Mr. Becerra, latest attorneys basic embrace Ms. Harris and California’s earlier governor, Jerry Brown.
Alex Vassar, a legislative historian on the California State Library, mentioned the final California governor to fill three statewide workplaces was Earl Warren, who in December 1952 and January 1953 appointed a brand new senator, a state controller and a member of the state Board of Equalization. Pat Brown additionally made three appointments in 1964 and 1965, Mr. Vassar mentioned, however one was merely to hurry up an incoming senator’s arrival.