Gov. Gavin Newsom Laphonza Butler was named as the new president of California by Governor of California on Sunday evening. Emily’s List Former labor leader to fill the Senate vacancy created by Dianne’s death Feinstein.

Ms. Butler is a familiar face in California politics. She has been there for 15 years. as a former leader of the state’s largest labor union and an adviser to Vice President Kamala Harris. She became the first Black female to lead the company in 2021. Emily’s ListThe fund-raising powerhouse is dedicated to empowering female candidates and supporting reproductive rights.

Senator Feinstein She died on Thursday at the age of 90 in Washington, D.C. Her body was then flown back over the weekend to San Francisco, with a memorial scheduled for Thursday.

“As we mourn the enormous loss of Senator Feinstein, the very freedoms she fought for — reproductive freedom, equal protection and safety from gun violence — have never been under greater assault,” Mr. Newsom Said in a press release. “Laphonza will carry the baton left by Senator Feinstein, continue to break glass ceilings and fight for all Californians in Washington, D.C.”

Mr. Newsom The President has kept his word on the promise he made two years earlier to nominate a Black woman for the Senate in case a vacancy should arise.

By the time Ms. Feinstein’s death, three high-profile Democratic members of Congress had already entered the 2024 race to succeed her. Adam Schiff, Katie Porter, and Barbara Lee are all California representatives who have been campaigning for months.

Mr. Newsom, who is also a Democrat, told NBC News last month that he preferred not to influence next year’s primary election by giving one candidate an advantage. He would instead choose an interim successor.

Political allies of Ms. Lee (77), who is Black and wants a long-term term in office, were not happy with his statement. She currently trails the other two candidates both in terms of fundraising and polling.

Weekends are a great time to get away. as speculation gathered around the governor’s choice, members of the Congressional Black Caucus posted a letter to the governor, voicing “strong support for Congresswoman Barbara Lee for that appointment.” Advocacy groups pushed for Ms. Lee as well.

“Barbara Lee, and Black women, are not mere caretakers, but the voting and organizing center of the national Democratic Party,” Aimee Allison is the founder of She the People. This organization helps women of color get elected to politics. She made a statement in a last-week.

Ms. Allison was happy with Governor on Sunday night. Newsom’s appointment of Ms. Butler and called it “a promise kept.”

Ms. Lee stated in a press release that she wished Ms. Butler the best and was looking forward to working together with her for California. “I am singularly focused on winning my campaign for Senate,” She added.

Mr. Newsom’s chief spokesman, Anthony York, indicated on Sunday that the governor would not demand that his appointee stay out of the 2024 Senate race. In a posting on X, formerly known as as Twitter Mr. York agreed to Representative Cori Bush (Democrat of Missouri), who said “there shouldn’t be any strings attached” To the appointment

This leaves the possibility open that Ms. Butler is a prolific fund raiser at Emily’s ListYou can still run for the Senate permanent seat.

Ms. Butler did not make any comments on Sunday evening, after Politico first announced her appointment.

She is now the first openly L.G.B.T.Q. senator in California. She is the first openly L.G.B.T.Q. senator representing California. Scott Wiener – a Democratic State Senator – celebrated the nomination on Sunday night.

“L.G.B.T.Q. people are being viciously attacked in the United States right now, and elevating a Black lesbian to the U.S. Senate is a powerful statement,” Wiener is a gay activist from San Francisco, who has been a champion of legislation that protects L.G.B.T.Q. rights.

Butler has not yet decided whether she will serve the full six-year period. But her appointment would create a contrast with Senator FeinsteinShe is a wealthy and tolerant centrist, who grew in a San Francisco family of wealth, attended Stanford University and has valued compromises throughout her career.

Born in Magnolia (Miss. ), Ms. Butler’s father died at the age of 16, and her mother supported their family afterward, working, among other things, for The New York Times. as Security guard, cashier at a gasstation, home-care worker, and teaching assistant. Ms. Butler studied at Jackson State University, a historically Black College.

Before starting a new job, you should: Emily’s ListShe spent almost two decades with the Service Employees International Union where she organized nurses, janitors, and other workers. In 2009, she moved to California where she rose through the ranks to become the leader of the largest union in California. 325,000 workers in home care are represented by her. Her achievements in California include the passage of $15 as a minimum wage.

Ms. Butler left S.E.I.U. Ms. Butler left S.E.I.U. Newsom’s top advisers, and was a senior strategist for Ms. Harris when she ran for president. At Emily’s ListShe championed diversity and pushed the organization to support candidates who were not white.

When she was elected president of Emily’s List In 2021, she will reregister as According to Mr. Newsom’s administration. Ms. Butler has a daughter who is in school with her wife Neneki.

She was working at the time that she started her job. Emily’s ListThe Times reported that she was a fan of the. “the opportunity to work for women like my mom.”

“What daughter doesn’t want to continue her mother’s journey?” She said

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