Kamala Harris Admits That She Had to Google Her Husband Doug Emhoff
Jan 19 2021
The chamber is not scheduled to reconvene until Tuesday, the eve of Inauguration Day.
Ms Harris will be the first black woman and first woman of South Asian descent to serve as vice-president, but her Senate departure leaves the chamber's roster without a black woman.
Harris officially resigned from the Senate on Monday, and will be replaced by California secretary of state Alex Padilla, who will be the state's first Hispanic senator. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Gov. Gavin Newsom chose fellow Democrat Alex Padilla, who is now California's secretary of state, to serve the final two years of Harris' term.
Kamala Harris won her seat in November 2016 and was sworn in on January 2017.
The incoming vice president has spoken to Alex Padilla before he comes into office, according to a person with knowledge of the discussion.
On his part, Emhoff - who already knew a bit about Harris (who was then California's attorney general) - revealed: "One of my buddies was in town and we went to the Laker game..." He was the council president for five years - the youngest and first Latino to ever hold that post. "Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities".
In commentary for the San Francisco Chronicle, she wrote "serving as your senator has been an honor".
Harris will give no farewell Senate floor speech.
Vice-president-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday, a history-making event in which the first Black, South Asian and female US vice-president will take her oath of office from the first Latina justice.
The Vice President-elect recalled the date fondly stating she had a good time on the date and looked forward to the text she received from Emhoff after the date.
At the same time, Harris said the USA is on a path to heal and rebuild because of the work of the Caribbean and others.
Harris will now, as vice president, become a potential tiebreaking vote in the Senate, giving Democrats control of the chamber - which is divided 50-50 between the two parties - and the ability to advance nominations and some budget-related policies.