Who Will Replace Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate?

Who Will Replace Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate?

11/29/2020 3:26:00 AM

Who Will Replace Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate?

Even before Harris was elected as the next vice president, people were speculating about who'd get her coveted Senate seat.

Getty ImagesEven before Kamala Harris was elected as the next vice president of the United States, her ascent to the White House prompted an important question: Who would take over her spot in the U.S. Senate, if she were to leave? Harris made history when she was elected to represent California in the Senate in 2016; she's the second Black woman to ever serve in the legislative body, and, at the moment, the only Black woman to hold a seat.

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Now that Harris will soon be sworn in as VP, it falls to California Gov. Gavin Newsom to decide who will replace her for the rest of her term. And while California is a solidly Democratic state—meaning the party doesn't have to worry about the seat potentially flipping in future elections—it's still an essential decision, as the person could hold the seat for the rest of their career. As

Politicoreports, Newsom must determine whether he wants to choose someone who could more easily win statewide after Harris's current term is up in 2022 or if he wants a"placeholder" that would give way to a more"even playing field" in the next election. (Newsom is also up for re-election in 2022.) headtopics.com

It's unclear as of now exactly when Newsom will announce the replacement."No timeline has been established," Newsomat a November press conference."The process is just beginning to unfold. We are working through the cattle call of considerations related to what's the profile, the right choice to replace Senator Harris."

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