(‘We’re fired up and ready to work’ California Senator Alex Padilla on COVID relief. Source: Kcrw)
Senator Alex Padilla is an American politician and engineer. He is currently serving as a junior U.S States senator as a Democrat since 2021. He was also the 32nd secretary of the state of California from 2015 to 2021.
He was born on March 22, 1973, to a Hispanic couple. He got his Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering at MIT in 1994. In 1995, he graduated from the Coro Fellowship in Leadership and Public Affairs. He worked as an engineer for Hughes Aircraft.
He was a member of the governing board for MIT. He was also the President of the Elected and Appointed Latin Officials.
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Senator Alex Padilla Political Career
Padilla started his political career as a member of the Democrats in 1995. He was a personal assistant to Senator Dianne Feinstein. He also served as campaign manager for many senators and assembly members.
First elected in 1999, Padilla served as a rep for the 7th District at the Los Angeles City Council for seven years. He was also the youngest President of the Council from 2001 to 2006.
Padilla became acting city Mayor after the September 11 attacks in 2001. In 2006, he represented the 20th District in the California State Senate till 2014.
Governor Newson appointed Padilla as Kamala Harris’s successor to the U.S. Senate seat after the 2020 elections. He became California’s first Hispanic and Mexican American senator in January 2021.
(Senator Alex Padilla. Source: Cbs8)
Senator Alex Padilla Accomplishments
(Alex Padilla was sworn in as California’s first Latino U.S senator. Source: Latimes)
Padilla is the most famous advocate of California’s election model at the National level. He is persistent in his work in making elections more fair and accessible. He also supported fast citizenship processing for undocumented immigrants in essential jobs.
He is also a pro supporter of the abortion right, stating that they are not negotiable. He was named a statewide reproductive freedom champion by an American pro-choice organization in 2018. He also sponsored the bill to prepare mechanisms for investigating anti-reproductive crime cases.
Senator Alex Padilla Criticisms
Padilla got into a mess with the Republicans over the use of a vendor. As the Secretary of State of California, Padilla signed a $35 million deal with a voter enlightenment program vendor. Padilla was accused of conflict of interest and sued for illegally spending taxpayer’s money.
Besides, Padilla’s ban on using single-use plastic bags in grocery stores is the most controversial bill of his tenure. The bill piled on several conservative critics. It also caused severe financial damage to plastic bag manufacturers.
All efforts to override this decision failed. Meanwhile, Padilla expressed no concern or regrets over the decision.
Senator Alex Padilla Net Worth
As the state’s first Latino Senator, Padilla’s appointment raised much curiosity among Californians. His ban on plastic bags and the SKDKnickerbocker deal have also fueled criticism of his administration.
But, he is an advocate for respect for human rights and the improvement of the electoral process. All these and his work towards a better California are his best bet to a successful administration.
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