Gavin Newsom Appoints First Latino California Senator, Gets Slammed For Reducing Black Women ‘From One To Zero’

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Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that he was appointing his Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Many were quick to note that Padilla would be the first Latino Senator from California — a state where Latinos make up over one-third of the total population and less than one-tenth of the population is black. But a number were critical of Newsom’s decision to not replace Harris, the only black female in the Senate, with another black woman. (RELATED: California Governor Appoints A Successor To Kamala Harris’s Senate Seat)

When Harris moves into her new role as vice president in January, only two black U.S. Senators will remain: Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.