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Alex Padilla
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United States Senator
from California
Assumed office
January 20, 2021
Serving with Dianne Feinstein
Appointed by Gavin Newsom
Preceded by Kamala Harris
32nd Secretary of State of California
In office
January 5, 2015 – January 18, 2021
Governor Jerry Brown
Gavin Newsom
Preceded by Debra Bowen
Succeeded by Shirley Weber
Member of the California State Senate
from the 20th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2014
Preceded by Richard Alarcon
Succeeded by Connie Leyva
President of the Los Angeles City Council
In office
July 4, 2001 – January 1, 2006
Preceded by Ruth Galanter
Succeeded by Eric Garcetti
Member of the Los Angeles City Council
from the 7th district
In office
July 1, 1999 – December 4, 2006
Preceded by Richard Alarcon
Succeeded by Richard Alarcon
Personal details
Born March 22, 1973 (1973-03-22) (age 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Massachusetts Institute of Technology (SB)

Alejandro Padilla (/pəˈdə/; born March 22, 1973) is an American politician. He is the Junior U.S. Senator from California after replacing Vice President Kamala Harris on January 20, 2021. He was elected the 32nd Secretary of State of California in January 2015.

Padilla is a member of the Democratic Party.

On December 22, 2020, Padilla was picked by Governor Gavin Newsom to replace Vice President Harris in the United States Senate. Padilla is the first Hispanic Senator from California and the first male senator to represent the state since 1993.

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