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Alex Padilla, a Los Angeles Democrat, son of Mexican immigrants, who rose to state and local political offices to become California Secretary of State, was elected yesterday by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve. in the US Senate, a designation that breaks down a barrier, US media cite.

Padilla will become the first Latino to represent California in the Senate and will succeed another historic politician, Senator and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Padilla was in charge of the unprecedented task of mailing ballots to more than 22 million registered voters, leading to a record turnout this year. The “Angeles Times” recalls that Padilla is the son of Mexican immigrants who settled in the San Fernando Valley and at age 26 he obtained a seat on the Los Angeles City Council during the anti-immigrant tumult of the 1990s after voters California to pass measures requiring “English-only” public schools and banning government services and assistance to immigrants who were in the United States illegally.

Padilla, who earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, became the city’s youngest council president, a state senator and the current California secretary of state for two terms.

In a recent interview with CNN, Padilla said that the state’s first Latino senator would be “a historic milestone.”

Martha Bárcena, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, congratulated Padilla on Twitter: “Many congratulations to Alex Padilla, first Latin and Mexican-American senator. One more example for our community to follow.

CNN recalls that the decision comes at a crucial time for Governor Newsom, as he faces the health, economic, housing and climate crises, as well as his own political future.

Both the governor of California and Padilla will stand for election.

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