With California Atty Gen. Kamala Harris' election to the U.S. Senate, Gov. Jerry Brown will now appoint her successor.
This is how it will happen:
Under the state Constitution, Brown will make a selection subject to majority approval by both houses of the Legislature. The timing for any decision remains an open question. It’s unclear when Harris will resign her current job — new U.S. senators don’t take office until January. After that, Brown can take as long as he wants. In the interim, the chief deputy attorney general will oversee the more than 4,500 employees in the office. Currently, the chief deputy is Nathan Barankin, a Harris political appointee who previously served as a top staffer in the state Senate.