Soon-to-be Vice President Kamala Harris has finally announced her intention to give up her Senate seat, just days before President-elect Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated.
“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,” Harris wrote in a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Harris’s resignation will be official as of 12 PM on Monday. Newsom has already tapped Alex Padilla, the current California secretary of state, as Harris’s successor as Junior Senator from the Golden State.
Newsom touted Padilla’s credentials in his announcement of the pick last month, declaring that “Alex Padilla worked his way from humble beginnings to the halls of MIT, the Los Angeles City Council and the state Senate, and has become a national defender of voting rights as California’s secretary of state.”
Padilla is sure to follow in Harris’s footsteps as one of the more radical Democrats in the Senate, but woke critics have attacked Newsom’s decision to appoint a male to the office instead of a female successor.
Though Harris is resigning her California seat, she will take on a new role in the upper chamber of Congress as the President and tie-breaker of the incredibly narrowly Democrat-controlled Senate.