Tuesday, October 3, 2023 6:15PM
SAN FRANCISCO — California Governor Gavin Newsom’s pick to serve out the remainder of late Senator Dianne Feinstein’s term will be sworn in Tuesday.
The video in the player above is from a previous report.
Vice President Kamala Harris will swear in Laphonza Butler in Washington, D.C.
The 44-year-old Mississippi native has never held public office before, but is a well-known consultant and has been a trusted advisor to Vice President Harris.
“She was the only choice,” Newsom told reporters during a Monday press conference. “She has deep governmental experience, meaning she understands how systems work. She has deep understanding of legislative process, deep national experience, she’s next-level qualified.”
Butler was the President of “EMILY’s List,” where she campaigned to elect women who support abortion rights to office.
She resigned from that job Monday.
She will be the first Black lesbian openly serving in the U.S. Senate.
Butler will be able to run for the seat in 2024.
After Butler is sworn in, she is scheduled to fly to San Francisco Tuesday, her first official stop as a U.S. Senator for California.
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