When Harris leaves the Senate, the chamber will be without a Black woman.
Some advocates are urging the governor to select another Black woman to fill her seat to ensure the Senate isn’t without.
“I think Robert Garcia would be amazing,” said former California state Sen. Dean Florez.
Before becoming secretary of state, Padilla was an L.A. city council member and state senator.
Her first job in politics was working on the presidential campaign of Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress.