The Times podcast: Sen. Alex Padilla on how California can help the U.S.

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla
Alex Padilla is the first Latino to represent California in the U.S. Senate.
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California’s junior U.S. senator, Alex Padilla, is used to making history. The son of Mexican immigrants was the youngest-ever president of the Los Angeles City Council, at age 26. He became California’s first Latino secretary of state in 2014. Then last winter, Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Padilla to replace Kamala Harris as U.S. senator — the first-ever Latino to represent the Golden State in this role. Today, Sen. Padilla joins us to talk about his roots, his career, and how he’s using his California background to help chart a path forward for the United States.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guest: U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.)

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