It has been a quite a year so far. Insurrectionists attempted to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. This unprecedented attack on the U.S. election process was not successful, and Joe Biden was inaugurated as the new President while California's former U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was sworn in as the new Vice President.
Gov. Gavin Newsom filled this vacancy by appointing California's former Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, to serve as California's U.S. Senator and Dr. Shirley Weber to serve as California's new Secretary of State. Secretary Weber, who previously served in the State Legislature representing San Diego, was sworn in on Jan. 29th and is California's first Black Secretary of State.