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California lawmakers approve Shirley Weber as 1st Black elections official

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Weber is part of a continuing game of political dominos that started when U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris was elected vice president.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers have approved the state's first Black top elections official. Thursday's vote fills a position vacated when the former secretary of state became California’s first Latino U.S. senator. 

The Senate approved Assemblywoman Shirley Weber's nomination with Republicans not voting. The Assembly approved her nomination a day earlier.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Weber is part of a continuing game of political dominos that started when U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris was elected vice president in November. 

Newsom appointed then-secretary of state Alex Padilla to replace her, angering some who felt he should have replaced Harris with another Black woman. Hours later, Newsom named Weber to replace Padilla.

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