It was the first state to have two women U.S. senators at one time and also the first state to elect Asian American and Latino members to Congress.
Now, California lays claim to the first Asian American, Black and woman to become vice president of the United States.
Gavin Newsom has that same opportunity to build on California’s legacy by appointing a senator who represents the diversity of the state’s residents.
Mike Honda is a former representative of District 17 in the U.S. House of Representatives and former chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC).
Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke is president and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and the chair of ReflectUS.