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Portrait of Alex Padilla

Alex Padilla

United States Senator

Alex Padilla is California’s senior senator and the first Latino elected to represent California in the US Senate. He was drawn to politics in response to California’s anti-immigrant Proposition 187. He was elected to the state senate in 2006 and served six years as chair of the State Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications, where he was instrumental in developing California’s renewable energy and climate policies as well as expanding access to broadband and modernizing California’s electrical grid. In 2014 he was elected as California’s secretary of state, in which role he led a historic expansion of voting rights and voter participation, established automatic and same-day voter registration, secured $500 million to upgrade California’s voting systems to meet higher security standards, and oversaw the implementation of the landmark Voter’s Choice Act. In 2022, he was elected to the US Senate. His first bill, the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act, seeks to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who served as government-recognized essential workers in key sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has taken action to cut costs for families, combat the climate crisis, and help thousands of Californians secure millions of dollars owed to them by federal agencies. He currently serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety, and is a member of the Senate Committees on Budget; Environment and Public Works; Energy and Natural Resources; Judiciary; and Rules and Administration. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife, Angela, and their three sons, Roman, Alejandro, and Diego.