United States vice-president-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat two days before she and president-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated, making way for California’s first Latino senator.
- There was intense lobbying for the vacant Senate seat
- Ms Harris’s election as vice-president means the chamber’s roster will not have a black woman
- Alex Padilla joins a Senate which will be dominated by the Democrats
Aides to the California Democrat confirmed the timing and said Governor Gavin Newsom was aware of her decision, clearing the way for him to appoint fellow Democrat Alex Padilla, now California’s secretary of state, to serve the final two years of Ms Harris’ term.
Mr Padilla will be the first Latino senator from California,…