Newsom Picks Laphonza Butler to Fill Feinstein's Senate Seat
Butler is a former president of EMILY's List
California Governor Gavin Newsom said he had picked Laphonza Butler to fill the Senate vacancy left by Dianne Feinstein, who died Sept. 28 at age 90.
Butler is a former president of EMILY's List, an organization that works to elect to office Democratic female candidates who support abortion rights.
The appointment would make her the first Black lesbian to openly serve in the U.S. Senate, according to Newsom. She will serve through the end of Feinstein's term in January 2025.
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