Laphonza Butler chosen to fill Dianne Feinstein's Senate seat

California Gov. Gavin Newsom selects Laphonza Butler as the replacement for late Sen. Dianne Feinstein.


Feinstein's Legacy

Mention Feinstein's historic Senate career and her recent passing at age 90.

Explain the governor's power to appoint a senator until the 2024 election.

Appointment Details

Introduce Laphonza Butler, President of EMILY's List, and her background.

Laphonza Butler

Detail Governor Newsom's criteria for the appointment, including his promise to choose a Black woman.

Newsom's Criteria

Title 3Highlight that Butler's appointment is considered "interim" and that she can run in 2024 if she chooses.

Interim Appointment

Mention the Congressional Black Caucus's support for Barbara Lee and their perspective on her qualifications.

Congressional Black Caucus

Discuss Governor Newsom's previous Senate appointment of Alex Padilla.

Previous Appointments

Explain the upcoming Senate primary election in March 2024 and California's blanket primary system.

Upcoming Elections