William Earl California Gov. Gavin Newsom is set to name longtime labor leader and political organizer Laphonza Butler to fill the U.S.
Senate seat left open by the death last week of pioneering legislator Dianne Feinstein. With Butler’s selection, Newsom will fulfill a commitment he is widely reported to have made to appoint a Black woman should a seat become open.
Feinstein, who represented California in the Senate for 30 years in addition to serving as mayor of San Francisco, died Sept.
29 at the age of 90. Butler at present is president of the EMILY’s List political fundraising organization. She was seen as high on the short-list for the appointment to fill the seat for 13 months until the 2024 election.Read more on variety.com