Padilla in 2015
|United States Senator-designate |
|Appointed by||Gavin Newsom|
|32nd Secretary of State of California|
|Assumed office |
January 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Debra Bowen|
|Member of the California State Senate|
from the 20th district
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2014
|Preceded by||Richard Alarcon|
|Succeeded by||Connie Leyva|
|President of the Los Angeles City Council|
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
July 1, 1999 – December 4, 2006
|Preceded by||Richard Alarcon|
|Succeeded by||Richard Alarcon|
|Born||March 22, 1973|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (SB)|
Alejandro Padilla (//; born March 22, 1973) is an American politician serving as the 32nd secretary of state of California. He is also the U.S. Senator-designate to replace vice president-elect Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate.
A member of the Democratic Party, Padilla previously served in the California State Senate, representing the 20th district after his election to the position in November 2006. Prior to serving in the Senate, he served for more than seven years on the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 7th district. First elected in 1999, he was elected President of the Los Angeles City Council in July 2001 and retained the position through December 2005.
On December 22, 2020, Padilla was selected by Governor Gavin Newsom to replace Vice President-elect Harris in the United States Senate. Padilla will be the first Hispanic Senator from California and the first male senator to represent the state since 1993.
Padilla is one of three children of Santos and Lupe Padilla, both of whom emigrated from Mexico, specifically from Jalisco and Chihuahua, before meeting and marrying in Los Angeles. Padilla grew up in the community of Pacoima in Los Angeles and is a graduate of San Fernando High School in the northeast San Fernando Valley. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1994.
Padilla is a former member of the governing board of MIT and the President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), which has a membership of more than 6,000 Latino officials in the United States.[better source needed] He serves as chair of the Los Angeles Leadership Council for the American Diabetes Association.[better source needed]
Padilla began in politics as a member of the Democratic Party in 1995, in substantial part in response to California Proposition 187, which excluded illegal immigrants from all non-emergency public services, including public education, but which he felt was motivated by a broader nativism that demonized legal and illegal immigrants alike. His first professional role was as a personal assistant to California Senator Dianne Feinstein. He then served as a campaign manager for Assemblyman Tony Cardenas in 1996, Assemblyman Gil Cedillo in 1997, and State Senator Richard Alarcon in 1998, all Democrats, and all were victorious in their respective elections.[better source needed]
On July 1, 1999, at the age of 26, Padilla was sworn in as a member of the Los Angeles City Council.[better source needed] Two years later, his colleagues elected him council president. Padilla was the first Latino and the youngest person elected president of the Los Angeles City Council.[better source needed]
After retiring as president of the Los Angeles City Council, Padilla was elected to the State Senate in 2006 by a wide margin, defeating Libertarian Pamela Brown, and raised $1,947,933 for his campaign fund. He was re-elected in 2010, with nearly 70% of the vote where he faced Republican Kathleen Evans.[better source needed]
Padilla served as a member of the Appropriations Committee, Business and Professions and Economic Development Committee, Governmental Organization Committee, Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, and chaired the Select Committee on Science, Innovation and Public Policy. He left office on November 30, 2014, after two terms in the body.
In August 2012, Padilla was included in a list of 20 Latino political rising stars compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle, citing his role in the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
In September 2014, Padilla promoted what would later become Proposition 67, a proposed ban on plastic bags.[better source needed] On November 8, 2016, when Padilla was Secretary of State, the proposal was voted on in a referendum, and the option in favor of the ban on the plastics bags reached 66% of the vote.
On April 11, 2013, Padilla announced his intention to run for the position of Secretary of State in 2014, to succeed the term-limited Debra Bowen. He was expected to face an intraparty battle with fellow Democrat Leland Yee, but Yee's arrest for felony racketeering caused Yee to abandon the race. Padilla won the election on November 4, 2014 with 53.6% of the vote, defeating Republican Pete Peterson.
On June 29, 2017, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which had been created by President Donald Trump on May 11, requested data on enrolled voters from all fifty states, dating back to 2006. Padilla said that California would not supply data to the commission.
On October 16, 2020, Secretary Padilla was involved in a controversy between the state and the California Republican Party, as the party deployed unofficial ballot boxes in the framework of the 2020 elections, so that the members of the party deposited their voting papers there that were delivered to the polling stations on the corresponding day. Padilla ordered the ballot boxes to be removed arguing that the electoral authority will only receive ballots delivered personally and voluntarily by the voter and that the action of the Republicans was against the law, generating rejection among the local GOP leadership.
In August 2020, California Senator Kamala Harris was selected by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as his running mate. After their victory in the general election, Padilla had been mentioned as a possible choice of Governor Gavin Newsom to replace Harris in the Senate. In December 2020, Governor Newsom nominated Padilla as a U.S. Senator from California. He will be the first Hispanic to represent the state in that position. During the speculation about whom Newsom would select, the senior senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, consistently supported Padilla.
Latinos, who represent 40% of California's population, supported Padilla's appointment. However, some Black leaders criticized the appointment. San Francisco mayor London Breed called Padilla's appointment "a real blow to the African American community".
Padilla is considered a moderate Democrat by The Wall Street Journal, while FiveThirtyEight defined him as a technocrat, not identified with either the progressive or the moderate wing of the party. The American Conservative Union gave Padilla a 0% rating in 2012.
|Democratic||Alex Padilla (incumbent)||94,356||68.4|
|Republican||Kathleen "Suzy" Evans||37,420||27.1|
|No party preference||Daniel Schnur||369,898||9.19|
|Democratic||Jeffrey H. Drobman||178,521||4.44|
|Green||David S. Curtis||121,618||3.02|
|Democratic||Alex Padilla (incumbent)||3,475,633||52.6|
|Republican||Mark P. Meuser||2,047,903||31.0|
|Republican||Raul Rodriguez Jr.||330,460||5.0|
|Peace and Freedom||C.T. Weber||61,375||0.9|
|Democratic||Alex Padilla (incumbent)||7,909,521||64.45|
|Republican||Mark P. Meuser||4,362,545||35.55|
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| Member of the Los Angeles City Council
from the 7th district
| President of the Los Angeles City Council
| Member of the California Senate
from the 20th district
| Secretary of State of California
| U.S. Senator (Class 3) from California
Taking office 2021
Served alongside: Dianne Feinstein
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