Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who remains U.S. senator from California, plans to step down from her seat on Monday before her inauguration two days later, a Harris aide said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, a fellow Democrat, will name a successor to Ms Harris, who was elected in 2016. Mr Newsom said last month he intended to appoint Alex Padilla as secretary of state for California, for the seat. Mr. Padilla’s term in the Senate will expire in 2022, when he can be re-elected.
Ms Harris continued to attend Senate sessions after her November election and was on Capitol Hill for certification of election results this month when the building was stormed by a violent mob of Trump supporters.
Ms Harris will be sworn in as Vice President on Wednesday by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a ceremony in which the first woman of color to become Vice President will be sworn in to the first woman of color to serve on the Supreme Court.
Ms Harris chose Judge Sotomayor for the task, according to a Harris aide who confirmed an ABC News report. The Vice President-elect and Judge Sotomayor have a common experience of former prosecutors. And Ms. Harris called justice a nationally inspired figure.
“Judge Sonia Sotomayor has fought for the voice of the people since her first vote against businesses in Citizens United,” Ms. Harris written on twitter in 2019. “As a critical voice on the bench, she shows all of our children what is possible.”
Justice Sotomayor, who was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 2009, was sworn in to Joseph R. Biden Jr. for his second term as Vice President in January 2013 (first in a private ceremony and again in audience the next day due to a scheduling quirk).