Alex Padilla Stunned as Gavin Newsom Appoints Him to Kamala Harris' Senate Seat

Video released Tuesday shows the emotional moment in which California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is asked by Governor Gavin Newsom to represent the state in the United States senate.

Padilla appears stunned and begins shedding tears of joy as Newsom officially asked him Tuesday via video chat whether he wants to fill Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' Senate seat. Padilla, who will become the state's first Latino U.S. senator, tearfully accepted Newsom's offer and said he is "humbled" by the effort his Mexican immigrant parents put in to provide for him and allow him to rise to this position in life.

Padilla has been in public service since 1999 when he won a seat on the Los Angeles City Council at age 26. Padilla later became the youngest L.A. city council president.

The newly-dubbed senator-designate for California appeared to be in total disbelief when Newsom asked him about filling Harris' seat. Padilla's appointment does not require any confirmation process by the California Legislature, and his Washington senate seat will be up for grabs again during the 2022 election.

"Can you imagine what mom would be thinking now as I ask you if you want to be the next senator of the United States from the great state of California?"

"You serious?" Padilla replied to the smiling California governor. "This is the official, this is the ask, brother," Newsom added, prompting Padilla to tear up and begin nodding his head in approval.

"I'm honored, man. And I'm humbled. Because of them. I can't tell you how many pancakes my dad flipped or eggs he scrambled trying to provide for us. And the many, many years of my mom cleaning houses, doing the same thing," Padilla replied, his voice trembling.

After serving on the L.A. city council until 2006, Padilla served as a state senator for District 20 until 2014. He has served as California's Democratic secretary of state since 2015.

"Through his tenacity, integrity, smarts and grit, California is gaining a tested fighter in their corner who will be a fierce ally in D.C., lifting up our state's values and making sure we secure the critical resources to emerge stronger from this pandemic. He will be a senator for all Californians," Newsom wrote in a statement released Tuesday. The governor is currently in self-quarantine after being exposed to a staffer who tested positive for coronavirus.

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Video released Tuesday shows the emotional moment in which California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is asked by Governor Gavin Newsom to represent the state in the United States senate. Screenshot: Twitter