California Governor Gavin Newsom will appoint Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ successor to the U.S. Senate.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens during a gun safety forum Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Las Vegas.
With the departure of the state’s first Black senator, the white governor may select a Black Californian to complete Harris’ term.
The last California governor to appoint a senator was Pete Wilson, who replaced himself with John Seymour in 1991.
Even with pressure mounting in wake of Biden’s election, Newsom claimed this week that he’s in no rush to announce Harris’ replacement.