Kamala Harris has resigned from the U.S. Senate as she prepares to be sworn into office as the nation’s first female and first African American vice president.
She has formally submitted her resignation letter to Governor Gavin Newsom of California, dating it effective at noon.
Newsom said he will appoint California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to replace her. Padilla will be up for re-election in 2022.
‘This is not goodbye,’ Harris, the only African American woman in the U.S. upper chamber, wrote in an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle.
‘As I resign from the Senate, I am preparing to take an oath that would have me preside over it.’
She noted she was prepared to cast tie-breaking votes in the chamber, which will be a 50 Democrat, 50 Republican split, but added she hoped senators would find ‘common ground.’
‘Since our nation’s founding, only 268 tie-breaking votes have been cast by a Vice President.
“I intend to work tirelessly as your Vice President, including, if necessary, fulfilling this Constitutional duty.
“At the same time, it is my hope that rather than come to the point of a tie, the Senate will instead find common ground and do the work of the American people,’ Harris, a Democrat from California noted.