Alex Padilla

Alex Padilla
Padilla in 2015
Padilla in 2015
United States Senator-designate
from California
Assuming office
TBD
Appointed byGavin Newsom
SucceedingKamala Harris
32nd Secretary of State of California
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
GovernorJerry Brown
Gavin Newsom
Preceded byDebra Bowen
Member of the California State Senate
from the 20th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2014
Preceded byRichard Alarcon
Succeeded byConnie Leyva
President of the Los Angeles City Council
In office
July 4, 2001 – January 1, 2006
Preceded byRuth Galanter
Succeeded byEric Garcetti
Member of the Los Angeles City Council
from the 7th district
In office
July 1, 1999 – December 4, 2006
Preceded byRichard Alarcon
Succeeded byRichard Alarcon
Personal details
Born (1973-03-22) March 22, 1973 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology (SB)
WebsiteOfficial website

Alejandro Padilla (/pəˈdə/; 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.[1]

Early life and education

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.[2][3] 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.[4] He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1994.[5]

Career

Early career

After graduation, he moved back to Pacoima and briefly worked as an engineer for Hughes Aircraft, where he wrote software for satellite systems.[6][7][8]

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.[9][better source needed] He serves as chair of the Los Angeles Leadership Council for the American Diabetes Association.[9][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.[10] 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.[9][better source needed]

Los Angeles City Council

On July 1, 1999, at the age of 26, Padilla was sworn in as a member of the Los Angeles City Council.[9][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.[9][better source needed]

During his term as City Council President, Padilla also was elected the president of the California League of Cities, the first Latino to serve in that position.[9][better source needed]

California State Senate

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.[11][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.[12]

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.[13]

In September 2014, Padilla promoted what would later become Proposition 67, a proposed ban on plastic bags.[14][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.[15]

Secretary of State

Secretary of State Alex Padilla speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention.

On April 11, 2013,[16] 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.[17] Padilla won the election on November 4, 2014 with 53.6% of the vote, defeating Republican Pete Peterson.[18]

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.[19][20]

On November 6, 2018, Padilla was re-elected with 64.5% of the vote, defeating Republican Mark P. Meuser.[21]

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.[22][23][24] 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.[22][23][25]

U.S. Senate

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.[26][27][28][29] 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.[30] During the speculation about whom Newsom would select, the senior senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, consistently supported Padilla.[31][32]

Latinos, who represent 40% of California's population, supported Padilla's appointment.[33] However, some Black leaders criticized the appointment. San Francisco mayor London Breed called Padilla's appointment "a real blow to the African American community".[33]

Political positions

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.[34][35] The American Conservative Union gave Padilla a 0% rating in 2012.[36]

Electoral history

State Senator

2006

California State Senate 20th District Democratic Primary Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alex Padilla 24,303 55.8
Democratic Cindy Montanez 19,299 44.2
California's 20th State Senate district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alex Padilla 84,459 74.85
Libertarian Pamela Brown 28,377 25.15
Total votes 112,836 100.00
Democratic hold

2010

California's 20th State Senate district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alex Padilla (incumbent) 94,356 68.4
Republican Kathleen "Suzy" Evans 37,420 27.1
Libertarian Adrian Galysh 6,245 4.5
Total votes 138,051 100.0
Democratic hold

Secretary of State

2014

California Secretary of State primary election, 2014[37]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alex Padilla 1,217,371 30.24
Republican Pete Peterson 1,194,715 29.68
Democratic Leland Yee 380,361 9.45
No party preference Daniel Schnur 369,898 9.19
Democratic Derek Cressman 306,375 7.61
Republican Roy Allmond 256,668 6.38
Democratic Jeffrey H. Drobman 178,521 4.44
Green David S. Curtis 121,618 3.02
Total votes 4,025,527 100
Turnout   13.63
California Secretary of State general election, 2014[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alex Padilla 3,799,711 53.63
Republican Pete Peterson 3,285,334 46.37
Total votes 7,085,045 100
Democratic hold

2018

California Secretary of State primary election, 2018[38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alex Padilla (incumbent) 3,475,633 52.6
Republican Mark P. Meuser 2,047,903 31.0
Democratic Ruben Major 355,036 5.4
Republican Raul Rodriguez Jr. 330,460 5.0
Libertarian Gail Lightfoot 155,879 2.4
Green Michael Feinstein 136,725 2.1
Peace and Freedom C.T. Weber 61,375 0.9
Green Erik Rydberg 48,705 0.7
Total votes 6,611,716 100.0
California Secretary of State general election, 2018[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alex Padilla (incumbent) 7,909,521 64.45
Republican Mark P. Meuser 4,362,545 35.55
Total votes 12,272,066 100
Democratic hold

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Richard Alarcon
Member of the Los Angeles City Council
from the 7th district

2000–2006
Succeeded by
Richard Alarcon
Preceded by
Ruth Galanter
President of the Los Angeles City Council
2001–2006
Succeeded by
Eric Garcetti
California Senate
Preceded by
Richard Alarcon
Member of the California Senate
from the 20th district

2006–2015
Succeeded by
Connie Leyva
Political offices
Preceded by
Debra Bowen
Secretary of State of California
2015–present
Succeeded by
Shirley Weber
Designate
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from California
Taking office 2021
Served alongside: Dianne Feinstein
Designate

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