Vice President-elect Kamala Harris formally tendered her resignation from the United States Senate on Monday.
Harris made the announcement in a letter sent to Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom two days ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration in Washington, D.C.
“I hereby resign as Senator from the State of California, effective January 18th, 2021 at 12:00 pm EST,” Harris wrote. “As I assume my duties as Vice President of the United States, I would like to thank the people of California for the honor of serving them in the U.S. Senate over the past four years.”
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Newsom selected current California Secretary of State Alex Padilla in December as Harris’ replacement. The move drew some criticism from progressives for replacing with Harris with a non-black man. (RELATED: Gavin Newsom Appoints First Latino California Senator, Gets Slammed For Reducing Black Women ‘From One To Zero’)
“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,” Newsom said of Padilla. “He will be a senator for all Californians.”