February 21, 2024
Laphonza Butler. Photograph courtesy of EMILY’s Checklist

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday appointed Democratic political strategist Laphonza Butler to serve the rest of the late Dianne Feinstein’s time period within the U.S. Senate.

Butler is the president of EMILY’s Checklist, a political motion committee devoted to electing Democratic pro-choice girls to workplace, and a former labor chief

“I’m proud to announce California’s new United States Senator — Laphonza Butler,” stated Newsom in a put up on X Sunday night time. “Laphonza has spent her total profession preventing for girls and ladies and has been a fierce advocate for working individuals. She is going to make historical past — turning into the primary Black lesbian to brazenly serve within the U.S. Senate.”

“I’ve little question she’s going to carry the baton left by Sen. Feinstein, proceed to interrupt glass ceilings, and battle for all Californians in Washington,” Newsom stated.

Feinstein, the longest serving girl within the Senate, died Thursday on the age of 90.

In selecting Butler, Newsom fulfilled a pledge to nominate a Black girl if Feinstein’s seat grew to become open. 

Nonetheless, three different California Democrats are already campaigning for election to Feinstein’s seat in 2020 — Congress members Barbara Lee, Katie Porter and Adam Schiff.