Vice President-choose Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday – 2 days prior to she and President-choose Joe Biden are sworn in on Inauguration Day.
Harris’ stepping down will enable California Gov. Gavin Newsom to select Alex Padilla, a Democrat who acts as secretary of state, to fill the last 2 years of her abandoned position.
“She’s notified Governor Newsom, and has sent her formal indication that she will be resigning. And then she will make a formal announcement on Monday,” stated a Harris assistant, The Hill reported on Sunday.
Padilla will end up being the very first Latino senator from the Golden State.
Harris will not provide a goodbye speech on the Senate flooring since the chamber is not anticipated to assemble up until Tuesday.
As vice president, Harris will be poised to cast any tie-breaking votes in the Senate that will be divided 50-50 after Democrats Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock are seated in the chamber.
They beat incumbent GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in an extremely objected to Senate overflow election in Georgia previously this month.