Summary List PlacementCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom has selected the state’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ US Senate seat, multiple outlets including The New York Times and Politico reported Tuesday. 
Padilla will be the first-ever Latino to represent California in the US Senate. He will serve out the rest of Harris’ term, which is set to expire in 2022, at which point he will have the option to run for a full term. 
California is one of 37 US states in which governors fill a US Senate vacancy by appointment, while 13 states require a special election to fill a Senate vacancy, according to the National Council of State Legislatures. Five states, not including California, require the governor to appoint a person of the same party. 
In addition to Harris, Biden also tapped another California statewide official, Attorney General Xavier Beccera, to serve as his nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. 
Padilla has already led a long career in politics, starting out as a Los Angeles City Councilman in the late 1990s and then serving in the California State Senate before being elected to as Secretary of State in 2014. In that office, he has served as the state’s chief election official.  Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here’s what it’s like to do your own taxes for the very first time
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