Gov. Gavin Newsom Chooses Laphonza Butler To Fill Dianne Feinstein’s Senate Seat

  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom has chosen Laphonza Butler, the president of EMILY’s List, to fill the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the governor’s office confirmed to NBC News.
  • She will be the third Black woman to ever serve in the Senate, as well as the first openly LGBTQ person to represent California in the chamber. Politico first reported Newsom’s choice of Butler.
  • Feinstein, the longest-serving woman in the Senate, died Thursday at age 90.
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