The new California senator who will fill the seat vacated by Kamala Harris has been endorsed by pro-abortion and pro-LGBT groups.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Dec. 22 selected Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State, to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (D).
Padilla has served as California Secretary of State since 2015 and, before that, in the state senate from 2006 until 2014. The son of Mexican immigrants, he will be state’s first Latino senator. He hails from Los Angeles and formerly worked for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
While in the state senate, Padilla authored a 2008 bill to bolster enforcement of the state’s pro-abortion law that criminalized certain “anti-reproductive rights” acts.
His bill, SB 1770, mandated guidelines for the training of law enforcement in “the investigation and reporting of cases involving anti-reproductive-rights crimes.”
According to Equality California, Padilla also supported the state’s 2013 bill mandating that students have access to restrooms, locker rooms, and other activities based on their gender identity, not their biological sex.
According to the National Abortion Rights Action League, Padilla also fought the state’s 2008 ballot initiative, Proposition 4, to block minors seeking abortion unless the abortionist obtained permission from their parent, legal guardian, or alternative adult family member. The initiative was defeated by California voters.
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